ELLISFORDE – The Nourishing Hand animal rescue has closed its doors following the removal of four horses by the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week.
“In a nutshell, they admitted they were in over their heads and had been having trouble feeding the animals,” Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday morning. “The four horses in question were underweight and had other physical issues.”
Rescue owner Janice Andrew could not be reached for comment by press time.
“The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office did not shut them down or take any of the other animals, only the four that Janice said the Sheriff’s Office had brought there and did not belong to them,” he said. “The other animals on the property belong to the Andrews and they do have feed and water for all of those animals.”
Rogers said Andrew allegedly told Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Brown that the rescue is not a 501 c 3 non-profit, which she previously stated it was.
“The Sheriff’s Office will no longer be dealing with Nourishing Hand and we will no longer be taking distressed or abandoned animals to them,” Rogers said.
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