Thurston County Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County is asking the public for help in caring for 18 sheep that were seized from property near Rochester.
All of the animals needed hoof trims, and some were lame with hoof rot, infections and other injuries, according to the nonprofit. In addition, most of the animals need antibiotics and further care by a veterinarian.
The sheep were seized Monday when the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Washington State Gambling Commission in an investigation involving rooster fighting, according to Sgt. Ray Brady.
“There were all of these sheep at the location,” he said. “They were evaluated by Animal Services and the veterinarians at the scene and were determined to be in pretty bad shape.”
Brady said the case is under investigation, and he doesn’t know what will happen to the sheep.
Sometimes seized animals are returned to their owners, he said. Sometimes, they end up with new homes.
“A lot of times if we determine the owners of animals just aren’t able to care for them and are willing to sign them over, then we’ll adopt them out,” Brady said.
For more information on helping the sheep, call Hooved Animal Rescue at 360-701-2007 or go to har-otc.com.
Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433