Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Woman held after horses, llamas found severely neglected

STAYTON, Ore. (AP) - The Marion County sheriff's office says deputies have seized 14 starving llamas and three malnourished horses from a farm outside Stayton, Ore. It's the fourth seizure this year of neglected horses and farm animals in the county.

Senior Deputy Brenda Lumley seized a malnourished colt from the same farm in January and offered the owners resources to avoid further seizures. But Lumley says the remaining animals' condition continued to worsen. A judge authorized Wednesday's seizure.

Mikerrra Lee Lane, 35, is being held on animal neglect charges...."

Marion County press release appears below this photo.


The owner of the horses and llamas seized from the farm on Towers Road SE has been identified as Mikerrra Lee Lane, 35 (photo attached). She was arrested by Deputy Andrew Derschon at her home on Duckflat Road SE in Turner on Thursday evening. Lane was booked at the Marion County Jail on 15 counts of Animal Neglect. Lane is represented by an attorney; and upon advice, no statement was provided.

The seized horses are receiving care at the Lighthouse Animal Sanctuary in Scio. The llamas are under the care of volunteers at the Willamette Valley Llama Association. It is anticipated that their recovery will take months.

Lane is scheduled for a court appearance on April 21st at 9:30am, in the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville highway SE, Salem.

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Marion County Deputies seized 3 malnourished horses and 14 starving llamas from a farm on Towers Road SE, just outside Stayton on Wednesday morning. This was the fourth seizure of neglected horses and farm animals in Marion County since the beginning of the year.

In what seems to be a growing trend, possibly the fallout of economic times, more and more animals are being left to fend for themselves rather than getting the care, shelter and food they deserve.

Senior Deputy Brenda Lumley seized a malnourished colt from this same farm in January. Because the other horses and llamas were showing beginning signs of neglect, Lumley offered the owners resources and options to avoid further seizures. "We really try to work with animal owners to avoid having to seize their animals. There are options available. Owners who can't care for their animals shouldn't delay action." Lumley said.

Unfortunately, the remaining animal's conditions continued to deteriorate. Lumley had photographs of the animals examined by a veterinarian. As a result of that examination, Judge Dale Penn issued a search warrant authorizing their seizure.

The llamas and horses were in poor condition, rating 1-3 on a body condition evaluation with 1 being the poorest condition and 9 being the best. They were suffering from skin conditions, parasite infestations, rain rot and abscessed hooves...." More

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