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Case ID: 19760
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull), horse, bird (pet), chicken, goat
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Monday, Apr 11, 2011

County: Lincoln

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged:
» Shaunda L. Voyles
» Sarah Holmes Voyles

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

In April 2011, Lincoln County Sheriff's Animal Services Deputy Kerri Tyler received information related to the possible neglect of several livestock and companion animals under the care of 50 year old Waldport resident Shaunda L. Voyles. Following a lengthy investigation conducted by ASD Tyler, Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies obtained a search warrant for a property in the 3500 Block of South Beaver Creek Road, Waldport, Oregon where several of the animals were kept.

On October 13, 2011, Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by members of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), executed the search warrant on South Beaver Creek Road. During a search of the property, several animals, both livestock and companion, were found to be kept in substandard conditions. Some of the animals were found to be in need of veterinary care at the time of the search.

As a result of the investigation, a total of 17 horses, three goats, eight chickens, 13 cats, three dogs, and one exotic bird were seized as evidence. Members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Mounted Posse assisted in the removal and transportation of these animals which were placed in foster care. The animals will receive ongoing treatment and veterinary care as needed.

"The animals on this property were living in deplorable conditions and obviously lacking in the basic care that animals need to be healthy and safe," said Scott Beckstead, Senior State Director for Oregon and an Equine Protection Specialist for the HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for taking this matter seriously and we are hopeful that the case will be aggressively prosecuted with the final result that these animals will move on to better lives, and the owner sanctioned appropriately."

The incident is still under investigation. Criminal charges are expected to be filed with the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office regarding the investigation.

According to a May 2006 issue of The Horse Magazine, Shaunda has previously pleaded guilty to Felony Forgery in the first degree:

Stolen Horse International (SHI) has resolved equine theft cases and has proven the justice system can prevail. For Rod Vilencia of California the victory was more than a decade in the making. And in the end, he not only got his mare back, but with two of her offspring as well.

When the criminal verdict was reached, Vilencia e-mailed his group of supporters the following: "Today, on April 20, 2006, Shaunda L. Voyles of Seal Rock, Oregon pleaded guilty to Felony Forgery in the first degree to avoid a trial in the stolen horse and forgery case that the state of Oregon had against her! As a part of her plea deal, she has relinquished custody of Ariel, Lena, and Jesse to me and that means that ARIEL IS HOME TO STAY! This is the news that I been hoping to give you all for the past year and a half, and the dream that I have had for the past 13 years now!

Rod thanked a number of people including Debi Metcalfe of Stolen Horse International, who was there to personally celebrate Ariel, Lena and Jesse's homecoming last October. Vilencia still has a civil case against Voyles pending. He, Metcalfe, and SHI supporters anxiously await the outcome of the sentencing hearing on May 5 for the criminal case.


Case Updates

Last autumn, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office led an investigation that uncovered a case of severe animal neglect in south Lincoln County.

Two women were indicted in November and arraigned in December.

Shaunda Voyles, 50, was indicted on 18 counts of Animal Neglect II and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Sarah Holmes Voyles, 64, was indicted on Animal Neglect I and Animal Neglect II (four counts).

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies seized animals from multiple locations, including a residence on South Beaver Creek Road north of Waldport after serving multiple search warrants. Members of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Sheriff's Mounted Posse assisted in the removal and transportation of animals for medical care or to foster facilities.
Source: South Lincoln County News - Aug 1, 2012
Update posted on Aug 1, 2012 - 11:56AM 
Two months after the initial citation of Waldport resident Shaunda Voyles on multiple counts of animal neglect, another woman reportedly living at the same address, Sarah Holmes Voyles, has also been charged with animal neglect, according to court records obtained by the News-Times.
Source: Newport News Times - Dec 29, 2011
Update posted on Aug 1, 2012 - 11:55AM 

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