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Sheriff's office seizes 122 animals from Yamhill farm, find 25 dead

YAMHILL, Ore. - Sheriff's deputies said they found about two dozen animals dead and others living in appalling conditions on a farm on Sunday.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office said the conditions were so bad they obtained a warrant and seized 122 animals the next day from the farm on Northwest Oakridge Road.

A citizen had tipped them off to the conditions.

Deputies said they found 25 dead animals and others living in feces with no access to clean water.

Deputies and several animal organizations worked for hours to remove the animals. They were taken to Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue in Sheridan.

In total, deputies seized 55 chickens, 25 ducks, 17 sheep, 12 goats, six rabbits, four turkeys and three dogs.

Deputies said they cited 43-year-old Steven Michael Shore for first-degree animal neglect.

David Laudahl operates the animal rescue. He said this is the worst case of neglect he's ever seen, and this is the largest number of animals his organization has taken in at one time.

"The vet came out and he did a check on them and he said that all of them are seriously underweight and very malnourished and dehydrated too," said Laudahl, "A lot of the goats are pregnant at this point so we have to wait for them to actually have their foals before we can do anything with them."

To help, the sheriff's office said people can donate to the following organizations that are caring for the animals.

Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue says it needs the following items:

  • Hay
  • Alfalfa
  • Flock raiser
  • Alfalfa pellets
  • Thick gage poultry fence (4 feet to 6 feet)
  • Heat lamps
  • Goat minerals
  • Goat chow
  • Livestock feed
  • Livestock panels
  • Kennel panels
  • Hinges and plywood for chicken pen doors

Right now the animals are considered evidence and the sheriff's office doesn't know when or if the animals can be adopted.

Anyone with specific case information in regards to this is encouraged to contact case agent, Deputy Michael Samerdyke of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office 503-434-7506 or samerdykem@co.yamhill.or.us.

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