- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

MOLALLA, Ore. (AP) - Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts has apologized for the death of a miniature horse euthanized by a deputy who said it couldn’t stand and appeared “beyond medical help.”

Owner Crista Fitzgerald objected to the decision to put down the animal, described as about 35 years old. She says the family pet had severe arthritis, which made it harder for the horse to get to its feet.

Roberts said Thursday in a statement that his officers should have taken other actions. He didn’t say what those were.

He says he’s approached the family about “ways to make this as right as we can.”

The horse got loose on Feb. 19.

The deputy who shot it said it was in highway traffic and wound up in a yard. He couldn’t find an owner.

The deputy said he called a veterinarian, a humane society and his sergeant and all concurred in his decision.

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