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Sheriff's Office seizes dozens of horses in animal neglect investigation

Horses are being kept at Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds as investigation continues
Horses are being kept at Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds as investigation continues
Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-02 10:26:19-04

HELENA — The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office seized 57 horses as part of an investigation of an animal neglect case.

Sheriff Leo Dutton characterized the neglect as moderate to severe.

The Sheriff's Office served a warrant and begin moving the animals on Tuesday morning to the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds in Helena.

Authorities have not yet disclosed where the horses were taken from, but said more than a dozen were already being held at the fairgrounds.

A veterinarian will examine the horses to get a better idea of their condition.

The Sheriff's Office has been receiving inquiries from people wanting to know how they can help; here is the response:

As we will need about a ton of hay per day to feed these animals, donations are appreciated.
If you want to donate hay, you can deliver it directly to the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. A deputy is there on duty 24/7. Grass, alfalfa, or a mix will be accepted.
If you have questions regarding hay donations, please call the main office at 447-8204 and ask for Captain Hughes.
If you wish to donate money for hay, please call 447-8204 and ask for Tammy.
We thank everyone for your willingness to assist.

No other information has been released at this point; we will update you when we get more details.