Auburn woman charged after horses found sick, starving

Auburn woman charged after horses found sick, starving
AUBURN, Wash. -- A local woman has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty after King County Animal Control Officers found half a dozen horses infested with lice and starving.

Court documents allege Dean Solomon failed to provide her animals with necessary food, water, shelter, sanitation and medical attention.

"We found a lot of horses on a site that was really muddy and the horses looked really thin," said Al Dams with King County Animal Rescue. "The level of mud was pretty deep. In some cases, you couldn't even see the hooves."

Charging papers only site Solomon for neglecting six horses but Jenny Edwards with Hope for Horses, a Woodinville rescue organization, says as many as 69 crowded the Pacific Equestrian Center last summer when she pointed animal control officers to the property.

"She didn't seem aware even of the number of horses she had at the time," Edwards said of Solomon. "The fences were run down, the horses were escaping, there were horses that needed medical attention."

Pictures Edwards took on that visit show the hooves of horses covered with their feces, one horse suffering from rain rot, another caged in by wire fences.

Charging documents say the neglect and starvation caused "pain and suffering." The hooves on one were extremely overgrown. The same horse was suffering from foot sore in all four feet.

Dams says local rescue organizations have stepped up to help Solomon by taking in her horses. Two horses were in such poor condition that they had to be euthanized.