The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has completed its preliminary investigation into the animal neglect case of last week and forwarded it’s case to the District Attorney’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for a complaint against Elsie Smith, 68 of Myers Flat for animal, failing to provide proper care/shelter, and obstructing a peace officer.
The case stems from an April 1st incident in which Sheriff’s Deputies and Animal Control Officers seized 40 horses from Smith’s property in Myers Flat. The horses were lice infested, standing in manure, urine, and mud, and were without proper shelter.
Yesterday, an administrative hearing was held and the hearing officer determined the seizure was lawful. Ms. Smith can be held financially responsible for all costs relating to the care and custody for the 40 horses since their seizure. At yesterday’s hearing Ms. Smith voluntarily surrendered 30 horses.
Meanwhile, the horses continue to improve. Heart of the Redwoods Horse Rescue continues to provide invaluable assistance. They have provided countless volunteer hours of caring for the horses, cleaning stalls, and feeding and watering the horses. The non-profit organization has also secured donations that include getting local businesses to donate hay and getting lights installed in stalls. The Sheriff’s Office is grateful to the Heart of the Redwoods Horse Rescue for their tremendous assistance.