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Case ID: 19378
Classification: Beating, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

County: Multnomah

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Alleged: Lena Brudana

A Multnomah County Probable Cause Affidavit describes a history of animal abuse by Lena Brudana, 45, of Gresham.

Multnomah County Animal Services Investigators were contacted about Brudana's 3-month-old puppy, Mellow, in December. The dog suffered from a large open sore on its head. When asked about the wound, Brudana explained that a lamp had fallen on her dog's head and that she took him to the hospital but couldn't afford the expensive treatment.

An X-ray examination revealed that Mellow suffered from more severe injuries than just a lamp falling on his head. Veterinarians found multiple rib fractures, a skull fracture and a cheek bone fracture.

The investigation alleges that other animals have been abused in Brudana's care, including a cat confiscated by a veterinarian clinic. According to a veterinarian with the VCA Southeast Animal Hospital, the cat had been thrown against a wall.

Brudana also told authorities that a 9-week-old puppy accidentally drowned while she was giving it a bath in September 2009. However, veterinarians with Dove Lewis Animal Hospital -- where the pet was taken -- said it was very unusual for a puppy to drown during a bath.

Brudana has been indicted on three counts of felony aggravated animal abuse, four misdemeanor animal abuse charges and one count of animal neglect.

She is scheduled to appear in Multnomah County Court on March 6.


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