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Three-week investigation leads to Salem woman’s arrest on animal neglect charges

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Randi Solorzano (Courtesy; MCSO) Randi Solorzano (Courtesy; MCSO)

A Salem woman was arrested Saturday on animal neglect charges after neighbors and deputies observed alleged mistreatment of a horse over a period of three weeks.  

On July 29, neighbors of Randi Solorzano, 46, told the Marion County Sheriff’s Office they had seen a severely underweight horse on Solorzano’s property in the 7400 block of Conifer Street Northeast near Salem.

Deputies arrived and were instantly concerned for the horse, named Doug, and his wellbeing. Deputies said Doug’s ribs and hips were visible.  

MCSO spoke with Doug’s owner Solorzano, who told deputies that she was aware of Doug’s condition and that he was under the care of a veterinarian for a dental condition that prevented him from eating.

Officials confirmed with the veterinarian that the horse was on medication and a specific diet to gain weight.

Over a period of several weeks, deputies and the veterinarian continuously drove past the pasture to check on Doug’s condition.

After missing appointments and the horse’s condition worsened, deputies arrested Solorzano on charges of animal neglect. Doug was taken to Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue, where he is receiving care.

"He was close to death. He wasn't far from death," said David Laudahl with Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue. "At this point he's angry at humans."

Doug is now finally able to eat. A step closer to recovery.

"He seems like a real good guy. He'll never be in a situation like that because he came to us," said Laudahl.

He adds Doug was four to five hundred pounds underweight.

“It’s very touch and go at first when you get an animal like this,” Laudahl said.  “You have to be careful what you feed them.”

Laudahl said Doug is on a specific diet since an imbalance could cause his organs to fail.

Laudahl said it will take about 6 months to a year to get Doug in optimal health, and he will be up for adoption.

Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue said it is raising money for Doug's rehab. Click here for more information or to donate.

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