SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Society said the two dozen horses that were seized from a local ranch for alleged abuse needed “immediate help.”
The horses are now under the constant supervision of a team of veterinarians and volunteers. SCRAPS said they need around the clock care to recover and even then some may not make it.
Jan Hickerson claims she runs rehabilitation Ranch of Deno Road in west Spokane. Animal protection authorities said Hickerson has been under investigation for months for cruelty and neglect.
Court documents say the horses were beyond starving to the point of pain. Several had open wounds that were full of dirt and appeared uncared for. At least five of the animals were babies.
“They definitely weren’t getting the good wholesome food that they needed to thrive, which is why they were seeing just tremendous weight loss. Some are literally skin and bones,” said SCRAPS Director, Nancy Hill.
Investigators said Hickerson has prior animal cruelty charges, sometimes under a different name, dating back at least a decade.
Court documents show Hickerson openly admits that she has at least 300 horses under care at multiple different properties across the region.