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Horse lovers aplenty attend adoption event ... and adopt.

Byline: Edward Russo The Register-Guard

All but two of the horses that were put up for adoption Saturday after being taken from a Junction City area farm in severely neglected condition last month found new homes.

Mike Wellington, program manager of the Lane County Animal Regulation Authority, said 27 of the 29 horses were purchased by people from Lane County and beyond who paid $175 for each horse.

"There were a lot of good, caring people who were more interested in the health and the welfare of the animals more than anything else," Wellington said.

The horses, which officials estimate were subject to a year or more of severe neglect, were among 34 horses that were removed from an elderly woman's farm near Junction City. One of the horses had to be euthanized, one was withheld from adoption pending more medical treatment, and three were previously adopted, bringing the total for Saturday's adoption down to 29.

More than 100 people attended the event in rural Springfield, Wellington said.

The adopted horses won't be taken by their new owners for a week or so until background checks and other paperwork can be completed.

The fate of the two horses that were not adopted remains uncertain. However, Wellington said one probably will be adopted by Lebanon High School, which has an agricultural department and a 50-acre pasture where the horse can be rehabilitated.

The other horse, a miniature horse, needs surgery to repair a bad knee before it can be adopted.

Besides the cost of that surgery, the Animal Authority needs to continue feeding and caring for the horses, including the adopted ones until they are picked up by their new owners.

To contribute, stop by the Lane County Animal Regulation Authority, 3970 W. First Ave. in Eugene, or call Wellington at 682-2370.
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Title Annotation:Animals; Twenty-seven rescued horses have new owners, but two animals still need homes
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 3, 2004
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