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Jun-09-2007 10:12printcomments

Horses Seized in Clackamas County Neglect Case

Police say the residence had no water, power, or phone, which also led to the suspect's 4-year old autistic son being taken into protective custody.

Horses in Clackamas, Oregon abuse case
Photos: Clackamas County Sheriff

(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) - Deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Friday at 29184 S. Benzinger Road in Colton, regarding an investigation into the neglect of four horses on the property, by their owner, April Punley.

Horse abuse suepect April Punley

Detective Jeffrey Green with the Clackamas Sheriff's Office says the investigation began with a tip from a person reporting the conditions of the horses in March 2007.

"At the time, the four horses were thin and in need of medical treatment." He says Deputy Morgan Gunther had the animals examined at that time by a vet and Punley agreed to follow the instructions for treatment.

But Deputy Gunther that in doing that follow up work, he found that Punley was not following the instructions of the vet. Since the time the investigation began, one of the horses died from unknown causes.

They say the Punley residence had no water, power, or phone. Due to those conditions her four year old autistic son was placed into protective custody with the state of Oregon as a result of this investigation.

Deputy Morgan Gunther reported the animals were be tethered to trees on the 103 acre property, without access to water and having only weeds and ferns to yet. He described the horses as thin and in need of treatment. There has been four previous cases investigated by the sheriff's office regarding animal neglect involving April Punley but this is the first time the investigation has resulted in her arrest. She wis charged with one count of Animal Abuse in the Second Degree. She was cited and released after being booked into the Clackamas County Jail.




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Bonnie January 22, 2013 9:43 pm (Pacific time)

April is back at it again! She has two horses more horses. I am hopeful there was a judgement against her that included that she would no longer be able to have horses as I would like to see these horses taken from her.


David January 21, 2013 4:14 pm (Pacific time)

I know this woman and she has more thin horses right now.


Bryan August 9, 2007 8:13 pm (Pacific time)

I know this family and the story and this article is a buch of horse s#%t! Don"t believe every thing your see and hear.

Editor: Watch your mouth Bryan, you can state your opinion but don't use profanity, period.


Chastity June 9, 2007 8:16 pm (Pacific time)

i think that woman should think how would she feel if she were the animal and someone treated her that way. but i have always said god put horses here on this earth to run free and not be used to ride and put in condition alot of horses r in today. i think anyone who neglects a animal should be in prison or should be sentenced to death. according to how bad they neglected the animal.

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