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News Release
Horse Rescue in La Pine ---- Updated information---- (Photo) - 10/21/19


On October 21, 2019 at about 0935 hours, a deputy was in the area of Holtzclaw and Green Forest Rd, when she noticed Bozeman was down in his pasture. The deputy went to assist Mr. Gordon, who was attempting to get Bozeman back up. Attempts to get Bozeman up were unsuccessful. It was determined, by a veternarian, that due to the age and condition of Bozeman he be euthanized. 

This incident is continuing to be investigated. 


Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Owner: Gorden, Frank     73        La Pine, Oregon.



On October 14, 2019 at approximatley 5:16pm, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a report of two horses at large in the area of Green Forest Rd and Holtzclaw Rd. When the deputy arrived in the area, he was advised by citizens the owner, Frank Gorden, caught the horses and walked them home. The deputy arrived at the residence and discovered one of the horses fell into a hole when the owner was attempting to return it to pasture.  The hole was approximately 6’ long x 4’ wide x 2’ deep and was dug out to repair to a well on the property.

After about 20 minutes, it was obvious to the deputy and the horse owner that more help was needed to get the horse out of the hole and back onto its feet . The horse was showing signs of exhaustion after failing to remove itself from the hole, possibly due to its’ age.

A veterinarian and horse rescue organizations were contacted and asked to assist. Dr. Kelley A. Jones, DVM, and members from Mustangs To The Rescue and Mustangs MEND responded to the scene.  Dr. Jones and the rescue personnel utilized Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) techniques to extricate the horse from the hole. Additional deputies also arrived to assist. 

The horse, Bozeman, age 20, was able to stand with a little assistance a short time after. Bozeman was down for a total of about three hours. He appeared to be uninjured and is expected to fully recover.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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