Deadline extended to claim animals seized by Animal Control

By Katie Boer |

Published 10/25 2016 08:58PM

Updated 10/25 2016 10:44PM

The deadline to claim dozens of animals seized from a valley boarding facility has been extended.

Clark County Animal Control removed 21 horses and 18 chickens from a property in the 1800 block of Fairhaven Street Thursday.  The county says in all, there were more than three dozen animals seized.

All of the animals were taken to the Animal Foundation, but the county said Monday that all of the owners whose horses were taken from the home had until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening to pick up the animals.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, three of the 21 horses remained at Horseman Park waiting to be claimed.  Eight others are being privately fostered.

No one has claimed the chickens, hens or the roosters.  If nobody ever claims them, they'll eventually go up for adoption for a $25 fee.

"Were actually working really closely with our partners in Clark County, said Allison Sabino, the assistant director with the Animal Foundation. "They're getting some phone calls from the owners as well as phone calls coming into us, so we just want to make sure that we're all on the same page and we don't actually adopt out an animal that somebody wants to reclaim."

The Animal Foundation said all of the horses had been claimed, but a number of them have been temporarily housed at Horseman Park while the owners find necessary documentation to have their animals released to them.

"At this time we have heard from all owners, so the horses are not up for adoption," Sabino said.  "If the owners decide not to reclaim their horses then they would go through the process of being up for adoption."

Taking care of the animals does not come cheap for the non-profit group whose facilities are really only designed for dogs and cats.  The Animal Foundation says twice a day they lose two staff members to looking after and feeding the horses at an off-sight location.

Owners, typically have to pay a reclaim fee to retrieve their animals.  However, the Animal Foundation says some of those fees may be waived due to the circumstances.

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