Criminal charges might be forthcoming after deputies and humane society officers rescued 17 allegedly neglected animals in Clatskanie.
On March 7, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) along with officers from Oregon Humane Society (OHS) served a search warrant on Clatskanie District Road in Clatskanie. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of seven dogs and 10 cats.
According to a statement from CCSO, Animal Control Officer Roger Kadell contacted the Oregon Humane Society after reviewing a video that showed the living conditions of the animals. OHS agreed to come out and assist with the forensic exams of the animals and was on scene after the search warrant was served.
OHS will transport the animals to its offices in Portland where health exams will be conducted. An investigation was ongoing and CCSO said criminal charges would be determined pending the outcome of the animals' health examinations.
"This cooperation between the Oregon Humane Society and the sheriff's office to protect these animals is part of our ongoing effort to improve the way animal control services are rendered in our county," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said.
"This year has started off well with improved local shelter services from our office on county-seized dogs and an improved partnership with Oregon Humane to insure that strays and other distressed animals in the county get the care and attention they deserve," Dickerson said.