Sunday, January 24, 2010

Woman charged with animal neglect after 31 horses seized

By: Denise Ruttan

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller couldn't keep the emotion from his voice when he described the scale of a major animal neglect case that resulted in the seizure of 31 horses at a Mill City ranch Thursda

"This is the worst one Linn County has ever seen," Mueller said. "It was bad. The sheer numbers were just overwhelming."

Tania Lynne Herring, 30, who lives at the property at 1252 SE Fourth Ave., Mill City, was charged with 30 counts of second-degree animal neglect and cited to appear in Linn County Circuit Court on Feb. 24. Herring had no previous criminal record.

The case is still under investigation and more charges may be filed, Mueller said.

The 31 horses were in immediate need of medical care to survive, he said.

All 31 animals were placed in foster care with members of Linn County Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization that works with law enforcement.