Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mutley the Horse Needs a Home

At CityDog, we love all animals and with a name like Mutley, this horse touched our heart all the more!

The Oregon Humane Society is seeking a home for Mutley, a horse rescued from a Molalla man who has since been sentenced to jail time and community service for neglecting animals.

Mutley, a mature gelding with a dark grey coat and black mane, was among four horses, three pigs, two rabbits, one duck, one dog and seven kittens removed from the rural property of Ora Mitchell in December 2008. Mutley is the last of the group to be made available for adoption, as he needed time to regain lost weight and receive treatment for medical issues. Mitchell was found guilty in May 2009 of several counts of Animal Neglect II and sentenced by the Circuit Court for Clackamas County to five days in jail, 2 years probation and 80 hours community service. He was also barred from owning domestic animals for five years.

Mutley will benefit from a patient, confident owner who wants to spend a lot of time with him. Because Mutley is a little slow to trust, he needs a home where he gets daily touching and interaction with his owners, but he is not the ideal horse for a child. Mutley will be perfectly happy as a pasture horse. He does not interact well with other geldings and should not be kept with them. He has lived with mares before, and could possibly live with one again. Once you gain his trust, Mutley does well with a halter and leads well. Riding him, however, is not a possibility at this time.

OHS does not have facilities for horses at its NE Portland shelter and instead relies on a network of volunteer foster families to provide stables, pastures and day-to-day care. The only horses made available for adoption from OHS are those rescued from owners charged with animal cruelty. OHS Humane Officers are commissioned by the Governor to investigate animal cruelty throughout the state. Their work is supported entirely by private donations to OHS.

To arrange a visit with Mutley, contact the Oregon Humane Society Investigations department at

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