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By Lori Baker

Great response from sheriff's office


To the Editor:

One day while driving in the Goldendale area, I saw a horse in a fenced pasture that looked dangerously skinny to me. I wondered if the horse was either very old or in an abusive situation. I kept driving for a little while trying to figure out what to do. I decided to call the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Department, and they transferred me to non-emergencies. I reported what I saw, and they told me that I would hear back soon. Within an hour and a half, I had a message on my phone from the deputy who investigated the potential issue. This deputy—I don’t remember his name—reported good news. He found that this horse was very old, into his 30s, and well loved. This horse had shelter and plenty of food, and his feet and teeth were recently done. The deputy thanked me for calling and encouraged me to call in again anytime that I see a situation of concern. He also said that these types of calls are important.

I appreciate the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Department for not only checking out that situation but for also encouraging me to call in any time I see a potential problem. I hope that others will do the same because it is easy and safe to make a report.


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