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Case ID: 18472
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: horse, other farm animal
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Attorneys/Judges
Judge(s): John Wilson


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Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011

County: Marion

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Mikerrra Lee Lane

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Marion County Sheriff's deputy arrested the owner of three malnourished horses and 14 starving llamas seized from a farm just outside of Stayton on Wednesday morning. It was the fourth seizure of neglected farm animals in Marion County this year.

Mikerrra Lee Lane, 35, was taken into custody 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.

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 is scheduled Association. It is anticipated that their recovery will take months.

Lane will appear in court at 9:30 a.m. April 21 in Salem.

According to the sheriff's office, Senior Deputy Brenda Lumley seized a malnourished colt from this same farm in January. She 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, according to the sheriff's office. 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.

Volunteers from the Willamette Valley Llama Association, and the Marion County Sheriff's Posse assisted with the seizure. The Brand Inspector's Office for the State of Oregon provided needed portable equipment to corral the animals until they could be transported to rescue organizations.

The Lighthouse Animal Sanctuary in Scio was again called upon to care for the horses. Director Wayne Geiger urged owners who are unable to care for animals they own to seek help. "These horses don't need a lot; just some basic care and feeding. If you suspect a medical condition, call a veterinarian. Many will offer advice over the phone at no cost.

"The Oregon Hay Bank in Gresham offers hay and feed assistance. Rescue Blankets in Sandy Oregon provides recycled horse blankets to needy owners".

Funding for these organizations comes from donations.

Anyone faced with the inability to care for their horses or farm animals can contact Senior Deputy Lumley for advice or assistance in connecting with resources. He can be reached at Blumley@co.marion.or.us


Case Updates

The Marion County woman whose horses and llamas were seized from a farm on Towers Road S.E. in March pleaded no contest this week to six charges of animal neglect, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Mikerra Lee Lane, 36, will be sentenced by Judge John Wilson on Aug. 31.

After deputies rescued the llamas and horses, they transferred the animals to the Willamette Valley Llama Association and the Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary. These organizations will arrange for the animals to be adopted.
Source: oregonlive.com - Jul 15, 2011
Update posted on Aug 24, 2011 - 11:28PM 

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