Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, February 17 2012 at 2:51 PM, Updated: Fri, February 17 2012 at 5:07 PM
Two horses are dead after apparently being poisoned as a result of an ongoing dispute between neighbors in the Sprague River area.
Nadine Hoy of 'Project Spirit' got a call back in January from a woman who said that her two horses had been poisoned... "The horses were in big trouble. Were in terrible trouble. They were dying."
Hoy says that Arabian geldings 'Baby' and 'Pepper' were in bad shape.
"It took an awful lot of something to put that horse in that condition." Hoy adds that the horses failed to respond after four days of treatment. "And they were euthanized because there was no help for them."
The victim in the case wants to remain anonymous. Hoy explains that the woman is worried that her neighbors may retaliate further.
"There's a lot of things she told us, and a lot of it is 'he said, she said' - I understand that - but I saw the damage done to those horses, and her property - and it was obscene. It was terrible."
Police have now seen the documentation of the abuse on: www.projectspirit.org and say they'll be investigating further... But Hoy stresses the police are not at fault.
"The law enforcement at this point is really in trouble. We need more police officers... So, we have to watch out for each other. That's my point on this. That's why I put it on the website."
Hoy noted that the woman fell very ill after she stayed in the field with her horses to protect them. Marti Baird of the Women's Clinic in Klamath Falls helped nurse the woman back to health, at no charge.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.