By News-Register staff • 

Sheriff's office seizes 122 animals in rural Yamhill; 25 found dead

YAMHILL - The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office seized 122 animals Sunday on a rural Yamhill property. Twenty-five animals were also found dead.

Steven Michael Shore, 43, of Yamhill, was cited for first-degree animal neglect.

Deputies responded to 13921 N.W. Oakridge Road after a citizen reported there were deceased and neglected animals and livestock on the property.

A search warrant was obtained that resulted in the seizure of 55 chickens, 25 ducks, 17 sheep, 12 goats, six rabbits, four turkeys and three dogs.

Deputies said many animals were living in feces and did not have access to clean water and food.

It took several hours for personnel from the sheriff's office and volunteers from private organizations to safely remove the animals. They were transported to a temporary emergency animal shelter.

Assisting the sheriff's office was the Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue, Yamhill County Dog Control and Sheriff's Mounted Posse, Dallas Animal Clinic and veterinarian Thomas M. Keck.

"The primary concern on a case like this is making sure the animals and livestock are cared for," Sheriff Tim Svenson said.

A vet will thoroughly examine all of the animals and they will receive any necessary medical treatment.

Svenson urged anyone who believes an animal is being physically abused, has been abandoned or is in danger to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Donations are being accepted by Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue, 9604 Harmony Road, Sheridan; Dallas Animal Clinic, 503-623-2448, and Yamhill County Dog Control, 535 E. Fifth St., McMinnville, OR 97128.

None of the animals that were rescued are available for immediate adoption.

Anyone with information about this case should contact deputy Michael Samerdyke at 503-434-7506 or at

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