Owners want horses back after mass seizure in Creswell

In an email Oregon Humane Society investigators sent to one woman, they wrote it could be weeks or months before the horses are reunited with their owners.

Posted: Nov 1, 2019 6:49 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 5:01 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Owners of some of the horses taken from a Creswell property this week say they're frustrated they can't get their horses back yet.

Oregon Humane Society spokeswoman Laura Klink said all 61 animals are now evidence in the criminal investigation, so people who had their horses on the property cannot be reunited with them at this time.

Property owner Gwyneth Davies is accused of felony animal neglect after the horses were taken Wednesday.

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Klink said they have also not gotten approval from authorities to tell the owners where the horses are being kept.

"We want to make sure if someone's horse was a victim of neglect," Klink said. "That does take time to make sure that evidence collection and processing is done thoroughly."

Stephanie Judeen, who lives in Montana, said three of her horses where being trained by Davies. She traveled to Oregon as soon as she heard what happened. In an email Oregon Humane Society investigators sent to Judden, they wrote it could be weeks or months before the horses are reunited with their owners.

"My biggest concern is that I don't know where they are," Judeen said. "It's kind of like having your horses and children kidnapped from you -- albeit with the right concerns in hand, but that doesn't help when you're missing your animals."

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KEZI 9 News also spoke to a Eugene man who wanted to remain anonymous. He said his daughter's horse was staying on the property, and she saw it the day before the horses where taken, and it was healthy.

"We want him back. We love him," said the man.

He said they have only had positive experiences with Davies.

"I know she takes in a lot of horses that need help," he said. "It takes a while for horses to get up to good health, and I really don't think she had any ill intentions whatsoever."

Klink said all of the horses are getting the care they need, and they are working with owners directly to find out about their medical history and specific needs. She is urging other horse owners who had their animals on the property to contact their investigations department if they have not already. You can call 503-285-7722 ext. 302.

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