Portland woman booked in jail on 52 counts of animal neglect

Elicia Diaz-Caceres booking photo courtesy Multnomah County Jail

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland woman was booked in the Multnomah County Jail Monday on 52 counts of animal neglect.

According to court documents, 39-year-old Elicia Diaz-Caceres was originally arrested in 2018. Her 52-count indictment is related to one case, but the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says she is also involved in two other pending cases.

A probable cause affidavit states that officers served a search warrant at Diaz-Caceres’ home on March 21, 2018 and removed 52 animals from the residence. The court document says the animals were living in deplorable and unsanitary conditions in a tiny duplex.

Shortly after the animals were removed, on May 13, the probable cause affidavit states that a man told a Multnomah County Animal Services officer that he saw a man and a woman take three large dogs and bowls of dog food into Diaz-Caceres’ residence.

On June 3, 2018, Diaz-Caceres’ neighbor texted a MCAS officer saying Diaz-Caceres’ daughter posted a picture of two large dogs in an overcrowded wire crate. Another woman told an officer that she had been at Diaz-Caceres’ home on June 2, 2018 and saw the two pit bulls in the crate. She said she also saw Diaz-Caceres chasing a small, fluffy black dog in front of the home on June 3, 2018 and she said she saw a man chasing a cat that had escaped the home as well.

A neighbor told an officer that she could hear barking coming from inside the residence.

On June 18, 2018, MCAS officers and Portland Police Bureau officers went to Diaz-Caceres’ home again. A man answered the door and said there were no animals in the house. A neighbor texted one of the officers saying Diaz-Caceres had left early that morning with the dogs in her van.

Officers served the search warrant and found a cat that the man said was his. They found an empty dog crate near the entrance to the residence with an empty water dish inside. In a bedroom, they found three kittens that were tied up. According to the probable cause affidavit, one of the kittens was tangled so badly that the kitten couldn’t move. There was no water available for the kittens and officers said they appeared thin with “weepy eyes.” Officers also found two guinea pigs in a cage that was filthy and full of feces.

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