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Clark County cracking down on animal cruelty cases

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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With a new team of officers, Clark County Animal Protection and Control is cracking down on animal cruelty cases, leading to the prosecution of several animal owners since the fall.

A Battle Ground woman was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of two counts of felony first-degree animal cruelty after 20 cows were removed from her property in January due to owner neglect. Those cows were taken to Rocking B Farms in Ridgefield for treatment and then placed with a new owner, according to a Monday news release from the agency.

During the response, a veterinarian was forced to euthanize two cows on the property, and officers found several cow carcasses. About a month later, animal control officers, along with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, returned to the property to serve a search warrant, the news release states.

In October, animal control and the sheriff’s office seized four stallions, six mares — all in different stages of pregnancy — and two weanlings after serving a search warrant at a Washougal-area property and finding the horses in unsanitary conditions. The county worked with Rocking B Farms, a local veterinarian and an equine hoof specialist to treat the neglected animals. The property owner was arrested, the agency said.

The county also responded in September to a Vancouver-area property and seized six dogs and five puppies that were less than 24 hours old. The canines had been confined to an unsanitary shed, “in what county officials determined were life-threatening conditions,” according to the news release. The county worked with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington for the dogs’ medical care.

You can help

To report suspected animal neglect or abuse, contact Clark County Animal Protection and Control at 564-397-2488 or online at clark.wa.gov/code-administration/report-animal-cruelty. Anyone interested in providing a foster home for animals in need can also call the agency.

Anyone wishing to help defray the costs associated with seizing these animals can send checks to Clark County Animal Protection and Control, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

An arrest warrant was issued for the owner on animal cruelty charges, the agency said.

“Animal Protection and Control is committed to ending animal cruelty and suffering in this county,” Joanne Cloud, the agency’s manager, said in the news release. “Moving forward, we will continue to work with local law enforcement to make sure the violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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