Two horses and a foal have been placed in the care of the United SPCA Rescue in Yamhill following an animal neglect investigation conducted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were first alerted to possible neglect of the animals in January, 2012. At that time, Sr. Deputy Brenda Lumley went to the property located in the 13000 block of Picard Place SE, in Turner. A local veterinarian was called in to examine the horses on the property. The horses were very thin and suffering from the early stages of malnutrition. There were seven horses on the property. The owner of the animals, Amanda McNutt-Genther, 30, initially worked with Deputy Lumley to improve the condition of the horses. Our deputies continued to check on the horses as time permitted. On September 19th, Marion County Animal Control Officers again drew our attention to the horses. Deputy Lumley responded to the property and found a 14 year old Quarter Horse Morgan mixed breed mare and 4.5 month old foal colt. Both were suffering from extreme malnutrition. They were pot-bellied and had dull hair coats and were showing their ribs. Their body condition ratings were less than 2 on a scale of 1-10 with 5 being ideal. McNutt-Genther admintted that she had been feeding the horses a mixture of grass hay and seed straw with no additional grain or nutrition. They had not been fed for several days because McNutt-Genther ran out of feed and lacked the money to buy more. The mare's condition indicates that her weight loss was long-standing and she was unable to produce sufficient milk needed by her foal. The foal's condition had deteriorated rapidly. A black and white Pinto mare was also in poor condition. The two remaining full-sized mixed breed horses, and two miniature horses, were all in need of hoof care, with hooves being extremely long due to neglect. McNutt-Genther agreed to sign surrender papers on the mare/foal, and the black and white Pinto mare. They were transported to Yamhill to begin their recovery under the treatment of Doctor Barbara Kahl. McNutt-Genther was given specific direction on how to care for the needs of the remaining animals. McNutt=Genther was then taken into custody for two counts of Animal Neglect II and booked at the Marion County Jail.
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