Warner: Confident situation with Morrill horses "will be resolved"
Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner says he is confident the situation will "work itself out" after four of fourteen horses owned by a Morrill woman were taken from her due to neglect. Warner told KNEB News 72 year old Karen Deines was physically capable of taking care of the horses, but with the high cost of feed was struggling to find the financial resources.
The horses were removed from the property north of Morrill after a Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's deputy and vet inspected the horses following a complaint received by the Sheriff's office March 1st. Warner says Deines has been cooperative and the county will continue to monitor the condition of the other horses and make sure they are taken care of properly. Warner says prosecuting Deines is "not a solution" at this time.
The horses were taken to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center for a training program operated by inmates and funded by private donations. Warner says it is a "cost effective and creative way" to take care of the animals without tax money being spent, adding several people have expressed a desire to take the horses once they return to good health.
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