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Date Released: 4/25/2008
Subject: Elk Creek Horse Update
Contact: Lt. Steve Knight
Case No#: 200801890
Released By: Lt. Steve Knight

Location: Myers Flat

The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office will be auctioning off twenty-four of the horses that were seized from the property on Elk Ridge. All potential or interested adopters must fill an application to be considered for adoption. The application may be picked up at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office located at 826 4th, St, Eureka or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter located at 980 Lycoming Road, McKinleyville.

The application must be submitted to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office no later than May 12, 2008. All applications will be reviewed in a pre-approval process prior to the applicant being allowed to bid.

The public will be allowed to view the horses available for adoption at the following dates and times:
Saturday, May 10th, 2008.
Ferndale Fairgrounds 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fortuna Rodeo Grounds 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday May 11th, 2008
Ferndale Fairgrounds 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fortuna Rodeo Grounds 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 14th, 2008
Ferndale Fairgrounds 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fortuna Rodeo Grounds 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Staff will be on hand at both locations to answer questions and assist with showing the horses.

This will be a closed bid auction. Bids will be accepted between May 19th, 2008 and May 22, 2008. The right of adoption will be awarded to the highest, approved bidder. Further information may be picked at the Sheriff’s Office in Eureka, or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter in McKinleyville.

Three other horses have been turned over to a Trinity County resident who had purchased them prior to law enforcement action of April 1st. That person was able to prove ownership of the three horses and agreed to appropriately care for them. The new owner is known to the veterinarian treating the seized horses; the veterinarian confirmed to deputies the buyer was a responsible horse owner.

Unfortunately, two horses that were seized from the Elk Creek Road property were euthanized yesterday. The decision to euthanize the two horses was made after a thorough examination and consultation with the supervising equine veterinarian. Both horses were determined by the veterinarian to be ”irredeemably suffering”, with no hope of recovering from the pain they were in. The horses were humanely euthanized by a veterinarian, and buried on a local farm.

The remaining horses will stay in the county’s care until the courts decide their final disposition as the owner is refusing to surrender them at this time.