SILVERTON, Ore. — A Silverton couple faces animal neglect charges, after deputies discover three animals extremely malnourished.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, an anonymous caller reported last December that four animals were being abused at a rural property south of Silverton.
A sheriff’s deputy responded to the property belonging to Heath and Carol Rae Epping and discovered two dogs and one horse starving and in poor condition.
Epping family members arrived at the property while the deputy was there and agreed to take care of the horse. The dogs were subsequently seized and taken to the Marion County Animal Shelter. Because of their grave condition, it was necessary to euthanize both dogs.
After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that another horse belonging to the Eppings died of malnourishment just days before deputies reported to the property.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested both Heath and Carol Rae Epping on Feb. 9. They were both charged with four counts of first-degree animal neglect.
The surviving horse is recovering and is currently up for adoption.