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Oregon Humane Society and Yamhill County deputies rescue six emaciated animals

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Humane Society and Sound Equine Options seized one horse, three ponies and two goats, which were all underweight, from a property on June 19, 2018. Photo courtesy Oregon Humane Society

YAMHILL COUNTY, Ore. – The Oregon Humane Society seized six emaciated animals from a rural property in Yamhill County Tuesday.

A concerned citizen told the Oregon Humane Society investigations team about the conditions of the animals. A special agent visited the property and confirmed a number of animals were underweight and had little to no access to food.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Oregon Humane Society and Sound Equine Options to serve a search warrant on the property. Together, they seized one horse, three ponies and two goats.

The animals were taken to South Equine Options in Troutdale to be examined by a veterinarian.

The sheriff’s office has not issued any citations to the owner. Deputies are still gathering evidence.

“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.”

In Oregon, second-degree animal neglect is punishable by fines of up to $3,500 and six months in jail.

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