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Case ID: 14620
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Attorneys/Judges
Prosecutor(s): Julie Zuver
Judge(s): Judge Ambrosini


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Sunday, Apr 20, 2008

County: Douglas

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted
Case Images: 2 files available

Defendants/Suspects:
» Jessica Attaway
» Patricia Attaway - Alleged

Case Updates: 4 update(s) available

A horse rescue east of Roseburg is trying to save the lives of some horses that were brought in recently in a fragile state and way underweight.

The two new horses were brought to the Strawberry Mountain Mustang facility, and operators of the ranch say the two were close to death with compromised organ and extremely anemic. One horse was estimated to be about 400 pounds underweight.

The two being nursed back to health with food and medical care, but the owners of the facility say it's getting costly, and they're looking for any donations for the care of the two horses.

Contributions can be sent to Strawberry Mountain Mustangs at P.O. Box 2133 in Roseburg


Case Updates

A former Sutherlin Stampede rodeo queen must perform 160 hours of community service at an animal shelter after pleading no contest to animal neglect for starving her horses.

The Roseburg News-Review reported that 20-year-old Jessica Attaway of Roseburg began crying as she addressed a Douglas County judge during sentencing Friday.

But the woman who took Attaway's horses into her care last April said there is no excuse for the condition of the animals - near death, infested with lice and parasites, and locked in a barn overlooking a mowed field of grass.

Darla Clark is the director of Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, a horse rescue organization in Dixonville. She told the judge that Attaway should have asked for help months earlier.
Source: KTVZ - April 13, 2009
Update posted on Apr 13, 2009 - 8:51AM 
Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Julie Zuver says it's one of the worst animal abuse cases she's ever seen. A Douglas County judge Friday morning will review a plea agreement between the Douglas County District Attorney's office and Roseburg resident Jessica Attaway. If approved by the judge, Attaway will perform 160 hours of community service, pay a $1,000 fine, and agree not have to have any animals for five years.

Authorities say two horses nearly starved to death while under Attaway's care. At one point, the two horses were kept in a locked barn with no food, while the animals could look out on a green pasture. While this is one of the worst cases Zuver has seen, she says the problem of animal neglect and abandonment has become much worse this past year, due to the poor economy.

"With upcoming budget cuts for everyone, I think we'll have fewer animal control people to monitor and lots more people needing help with their animals, and the problem's just going to get worse," said Zuver.
Source: KMTR - April 9, 2009
Update posted on Apr 10, 2009 - 1:21AM 
Jessica Attaway has entered a plea of not guilty and has a trial date of March 12, 2009 in front of Judge Ambrosini.
Source: Strawberry Mountain Mustangs
Update posted on Oct 5, 2008 - 8:54PM 
Jessica Attaway of Roseburg was arraigned this morning on criminal neglect charges stemming from an April incident involving two malnourished horses. Attaway's mother, Patricia, is scheduled for arraignment on similar charges Friday morning.

Asia & Liberty, the two horses surrendered to Strawberry Mountain Mustangs equine rescue, "were already in organ failure and near death" reports Darla Clark, the organization's founder. "This is one of the worst neglect cases we've seen and there was absolutely NO excuse for it. I hope that county residents make it known to our District Attorney that we will not tolerate this kind of blatant neglect & abuse. This is not a case to be plea bargained."

After just four months of rehabilitation and the proper nutrition, both horses have made an astounding recovery.

Jessica Attaway has been given a court appointed attorney and is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on 9/29/08 for a status hearing.

Citizens may contact the District Attorney by writing to :

Douglas County District Attorney
1036 SE Douglas
Roseburg, OR 97470

or by calling: 541-440-4388
Source: Strawberry Mountain Mustangs Press Release - Aug 28, 2008
Update posted on Sep 27, 2008 - 1:47PM 

References

  • KPIC - April 30, 2008 Case number 08CR1562MI Case number -08CR1563MI

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