HERMISTON -- Five horses were found abandoned in a wildlife refuge near Hermiston and authorities are trying to track down the owner.
The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office seized two of the horses. It is trying to catch the others to take them to a Pendleton animal rescue center.
The horses were found around June 24 at the Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge off Loop Road, east of Hermiston.
Two horses, both about 1 to 2 years old, were taken to Buck Brogoitti Animal Rescue, a new nonprofit. One is a bay, one is a red roan and both have a white star on the face.
The other three -- a chestnut filly, about 1 to 2; a bay filly about 1 or 2 with a white star on her face and a healing injury on the left hip; and a freckled roan stud, about 4 or 5 -- are at the refuge.
Sheriff's officials are looking for anyone with information about the horses.
Calls can be made to Umatilla County's non-emergency line, 541-966-3651.
Tips can be anonymous.
People who want to donate grass hay can call the nonemergency number. Donations to Buck Brogoitti Animal Rescue can be made at any Banner Bank.