Eleven horses have been seized in rural California Valley and charges have been filed against a Paso Robles woman for neglecting to care for them, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the horses, a colt, had been attacked multiple times by dogs and had to be euthanized because of its “extensive untreated injuries,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Rural Crime Unit finished investigating the neglect case July 18. During the investigation, they found that the horses were not given adequate food and water for as long as six days, as temperatures reached more than 100 degrees.
Charges of felony animal neglect have been filed against Misty Lambert, 43, of Paso Robles, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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Lambert, the former California Valley Community Services District director accused last fall of felony election fraud over her disputed residency in California Valley, kept the horses on the property in the 14000 block of Arvin Trail, the Sheriff’s Office said. Lambert was cleared of fraud charges earlier this year.
The Rural Crime Unit, along with SLO County Animal Services, Horse Emergency Evacuation Team and a local ranch, rounded up the horses and transported them off the property.
Seven of the horses are being held by Animal Services, the Sheriff’s Office said. The remaining three horses, which are stallions, were taken to the Equine Center in San Luis Obispo.