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Owner of Neglected Horses Seized by OHS Pleads Guilty

Feb. 12, 2008

 

The owner of two ailing horses seized almost one year ago plead guilty today to two counts of animal neglect. Shellie Ann Anderson, of Beavercreek, Ore., is expected to be sentenced next Tuesday in Clackamas County Circuit Court to ten days in jail, a ban on owning livestock animals for 60 months, and approximately $2,500 in restitution to the Oregon Humane Society.

 

Her two horses, a 26-year-old mare named Lady and her colt Duran, were seized by the Oregon Humane Society in Feb. of  2007. Both horses were malnourished and severely underweight, one by as much as 250 lbs. A tip from a private citizen in Sept. of 2007 resulted in the arrest of Anderson last year, after she failed to appear in court to face charges.

The OHS Livestock Rescue Network, a group that came together in response to a string of prominent horse neglect and abuses cases in 2006, provided stables and pasture for the horses until permanent, adopted homes were found. A judge eventually ordered the horses released to OHS after Anderson could not be located.

 

Both horses have since fully recovered and have been adopted.   OHS worked closely with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office on the case, which assisted in serving the warrant on Anderson’s resident, transporting the animals, and attempting to locate Anderson.

OHS Humane Investigators are commissioned by the Governor of Oregon with the authority to enforce animal cruelty laws throughout the state. Last year, OHS investigated  over 800 cruelty complaints Their work is supported entirely through private donations.

 

To support the work of OHS Investigators, the public can donate to the OHS Investigations Department.

 

Duran when first taken by OHS. Lady, the 26-year-old
Duran after six months of care. Lady recovering well.