I find it incomprehensible that five horses starved to death and six were found severely malnourished at Jean Elledge’s pasture in Monroe. Also, that in Carnation, four horses were found dead and 10 severely malnourished. According to the Nov. 4 Herald article, a Snohomish County animal control officer began contacting Elledge in July of 2007. Another complaint in January 2008, six months later, was investigated. Two dead horses were found. A month later, they found more dead horses!
There were plenty of chances for Animal Control interventions other than advice and information for proper care. I hold Elledge totally responsible for the neglect of these animals dependent on her care and the Animal Control authorities negligent in their duties to protect them. I can only hope that these King and Snohomish county authorities are not in any way involved with Child Protective Services or other agencies that require action rather than complacency.