Molalla Man Sentenced to Jail for Animal Neglect;
May 13, 2009: A Molalla, Ore., man was sentenced to jail time and community service last week on animal neglect charges relating to 18 animals seized from his property in December.
The Oregon Humane Society, which seized the animals pursuant to a search warrant, announced today that it is looking for permanent homes for these animals, which include two pigs, two horses and a duck.
“Pigs and ducks are not usually offered for adoption by OHS, but in this instance they were victims of neglect and we could not overlook that fact,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. The pigs, horses and duck are being cared for away from the OHS shelter by volunteers experienced with livestock. The two pigs and the duck appear to have been raised together as companion animals and OHS is looking for one new home to keep all three of the closely bonded group together.
Ora Mitchell, owner of the animals, was found guilty of several counts of Animal Neglect II and sentenced by the Circuit Court for Clackamas County to five days in jail, 2 years probation and 80 hours community service. He was also barred from owning domestic animals for five years.
The search warrant served by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and OHS Investigators on Dec. 16th, 2008 was a result of a complaint received by OHS regarding emaciated horses on property at 34534 S. Dickey Prairie Rd in Molalla. OHS officers located several baby calves that were in need of urgent veterinary care. Three calves were immediately brought to OHS for medical care, but all died in few days due to malnutrition and exposure.
OHS removed four horses from the property, two of which were judged to be severely malnourished. Investigators also removed three pigs, two rabbits, one duck, one dog and seven kittens. Several of the animals subsequently died or were euthanized because of their grave medical condition. The reamaining animals available for adoption are all in good health.
Two additional horses, one dog, two cats and three rabbits seized will also be placed up for adoption later this month (watch this page for more information).
Seized Animals Now Ready for Adoption from OHS:
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