Horses will not be seized by animal control |

Horses will not be seized by animal control

Despite neighbor reports of animal abuse, animal control officials will not seize horses from a 45-acre ranch on the 12000 block of Spenceville Road due to lack of evidence.

“The horses looked the way they did for justifiable physical reasons,” said Nevada County Animal Control Sgt. Bruce Baggett Wednesday evening.

He said several foals on the ranch had not been weaned from their mothers as soon as they should have been, causing a many of the mares to have gaunt appearances.

“The foals should have been weaned long ago,” he said, “but there’s nothing illegal about it.

He said neighbors hired by ranch owner Pam Fyffe to watch the horses over the past three months were inexperienced with the weaning process.

New caretakers hired three weeks ago, he said, have made several improvements, including a better feeding regimen.

Animal Control investigators went to the property Wednesday afternoon and interviewed the caretakers.

“They do know what they’re doing,” Baggett said. “I was impressed with them.”

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