Terrebonne women in plea deal on 83-horse neglect case

16 were euthanized; 67 will be up for adoption

Terrebonne women plead no contest in...

(Update: Total of 16 horses euthanized; 67 to be available for adoption)

Two Terrebonne women, the owner and caretaker of 83 horses removed from a property last spring, 16 of which were euthanized, entered no-contest pleas Thursday to 10 counts of second-degree animal neglect.

Linda Stream, 67, and her daughter, Christina Hart, 42, appeared in the courtroom of Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Adler, having originally been indicted on 83 counts of second-degree animal neglect. Their initial arrest charges were one felony count each of first-degree animal neglect.

The court was asked to accept a settlement in which the pair will face a 30-day jail term, five years supervised probation and 200 hours of community service. They could have faced up to 50 years in prison and more than $1 million in penalties under the full list of charges.

The women admitted more than 40 of the horses suffered permanent damage. 

Adler set sentencing for 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 before Judge Stephen Forte.

The Pet Evacuation Team and Mustangs to the Rescue helped deputies move the horses on March 25 to the sheriff's office's large-animal rescue ranch southeast of Bend. Community members donated dozens of tons of hay and other feed to help care for the horses, while the sheriff's office has sought donations to help pay for their continued care.

Deschutes County sheriff's Sgt. William Bailey said a total of 16 horses had to be euthanized, at the veterinarian's recommendation, so there will be 67 horses up for adoption.

Bailey said Thursday the surviving horses have been signed over to the sheriff's office and they are going to start planning how and when they will be available for adoption.

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