SALEM - A proposed state law would make it a felony to abandon a horse, giving owners an incentive to find alternatives even when the economy makes it too expensive to feed or care for the animals.

Animal rescue activists told the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing this week. more horses have been turning up in recent months, including one abandoned horse that was found wandering on a golf course in Tigard.

As livestock under Oregon law, horses can be legally abandoned by their owners. Senate Bill 398 would define horses as domestic animals.

- The Associated Press

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