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Estacada resident jailed for horse neglect

by: OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY - A photograph of Mary, from when she was seized from Karlins property in March 2012.by: NICK ESPOSTI - This is Mary after being treated and cared for by volunteers from Sound Equine Options.Edith Karlin of Estacada was sentenced Friday, Aug. 2, to 16 days in jail and five years of probation, and must pay $1,055 in fines and attorney fees for eight counts of animal neglect.

Oregon Humane Society officers and Clackamas County law enforcement served a search warrant and seized 10 severely undernourished horses from Karlin’s Southeast Randall Road property in March 2012.

Oregon Humane Society officers had checked on the horses after receiving a complaint about the animals’ emaciated condition, said David Lytle, Humane Society spokesman.

In these circumstances, Lytle said, OHS officers usually check on the animals of concern multiple times and attempt to work with the owner to find a way to improve their condition.

“We’d been in contact with the owner before,” Lytle said, explaining that seizing animals is a last resort.

“It usually takes months to get that thin,” he said. “It was clear they’d been neglected and needed rescue.”

For example, one of the horses had a halter that hadn’t been removed in so long that it had become embedded in its skin.

Ten volunteers from the Gresham-based nonprofit organization Sound Equine Options wrangled the horses and transported them off Karlin’s property.

by: OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY - This is what Molly looked like before her rescue.They were examined by a veterinarian and cared for by Sound Equine Options members.

“Much credit goes to Sound Equines Option, the volunteer organization that provided stables and TLC for the horses while they were recovering,” Lytle wrote later.

Nine of the horses have been rehabilitated; one was in such poor health that it was euthanized.

by: NICK ESPOSTI - Molly now.“The ones that have recovered have gained weight — really nice-looking horses,” Lytle said.

Seven have been adopted, and two are still awaiting adoption.

Karlin told the Estacada News in March 2012 that the horses began to lose weight when she was forced to move to a higher elevation.

“We had 23-26 (horses) when we moved here, but because of what was happening to the horses, we began giving some away, and we had already placed almost 16. No matter what I fed the two skinniest horses, I just couldn’t put weight on them,” she was quoted as saying in a March 28, 2012, article in the Estacada News.

“Maybe they needed more food than I could afford right now, but they were still getting fed two or three times every day. The only thing I’m guilty of is trying my best to take care of the horses,” Karlin said in that earlier article.

A Clackamas County judge found Karlin guilty on eight counts of animal neglect July 17.

“We were expecting the verdict to come in that way, and we were happy it did,” Lytle said. “It’s illegal in Oregon to starve a horse. You just can’t starve a horse to death.”

Neither Karlin’s attorney nor prosecutor Rose Gibson of the Clackamas County district attorney’s office had returned calls by press time.



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