OHS Investigations Team responds to rural Yamhill County property – seizes six animals, suspected to be suffering from neglect.
Working in coordination with Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Humane Society yesterday seized six animals from a rural property in Yamhill County. The animals – one horse, three ponies and two goats – were not receiving minimum care and all appeared to be underweight.
A concerned citizen first alerted the Oregon Humane Society Investigations team to the conditions of the animals on the property. An OHS Special Agent responded and confirmed that a number of the animals were emaciated and had little to no access to food.
Based on the evidence provided by OHS, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Oregon Humane Society and Sound Equine Options served a search warrant on the property and seized one horse, three ponies, and two goats. The animals were immediately transported by Sound Equine Options to be examined by a veterinarian and are not available for adoption or viewing at this time. No citation has been issued to the owner of the animals while evidence continues to be gathered.
“It’s a crime in Oregon to deprive animals of the food, water and medical care they need to survive,” said OHS President and CEO Sharon Harmon. “If you can’t provide for the animals in your care, please reach out for assistance. Don’t let your animals suffer.”
The Oregon Humane Society Investigations team works all over Oregon on nearly 1,000 cases per year. To report a crime involving animals or concerns about an animal’s care, call 503-285-7722, ext. 214 or submit information online.
In Oregon, second degree animal neglect is punishable by fines of up to $2,500 and six months in jail.