By News-Register staff • 

Kittens abandoned at dump site; arrest made

Yamhill County Sheriff s Office photo##Four kittens were found Monday at an illegal dump site west of McMinnville.
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office photo##Four kittens were found Monday at an illegal dump site west of McMinnville.
Yamhill County Sheriff s Office photol##This is the location where four kittens were rescued by Sgt. Todd Whitlow.
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office photol##This is the location where four kittens were rescued by Sgt. Todd Whitlow.
Samuel Banks
Samuel Banks

An arrest has been made related to the case of four kittens that were found among debris dumped Monday west of McMinnville in the 27000 block of Peavine Road, according to the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.

Samuel Banks, 47, of McMinnville, was charged with four counts of animal abandonment, a Class B misdemeanor. He is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, in circuit court.

According to Oregon Revised Statute 167.340:

(1) A person commits the crime of animal abandonment if the person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence leaves a domestic animal or an equine at a location without providing minimum care.

(2) It is no defense to the crime defined in subsection (1) of this section that the defendant abandoned the animal at or near an animal shelter, veterinary clinic or other place of shelter if the defendant did not make reasonable arrangements for the care of the animal.

Sgt. Todd Whitlow responded to the illegal dump site, and while investigating, came across the kittens that had been left behind. They were taken to Homeward Bound Pets in McMinnville.

Capt. Chris Ray stressed that Banks is only being charged with leaving the kittens. He is not associated with the dump site.

Despite the arrest, anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact crimetip@co.yamhill.or.us or whitlowt@co.yamhill.or.us.

 

 

Comments

Lulu

Well, at least they weren't tortured to death.

tagup

We need to do Something about the influx of progressive kittens coming into out county. These kittens just lay around all day and look for handouts instead of catching mice like upstanding cats like mine....then it takes our hard earned tax dollars to take care of them.....We need the sheriff to handle crime not lazy kittens!
Maybe we should buy them a bus ticket and send them back to California where they probably came from ( have you seen the kitten problem there? Just horrible.)
If our commissioners won’t do anything... we should recall them!......would you want kittens in YOUR neighborhood?
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Fancydog1

The kittens didn't ask to be dumped. I am glad they were taken to Homeward Bound Pets and now have a great change at having a wonderful life.

Stella


Once upon a time Yamhill County had a Dog Control that also handled cats. Then one day the Commissioners had a complaint that a cat call wasn't responded to quickly enough and the then Commissioners decided "Dog Control is only for dogs". Shortly thereafter we had a Dog Control selling dogs for $10,000 a year to a research facility. After that was exposed and stopped we had a fairly well run/self funded Dog Control until... the latest Sherrif states he doesn't want to run it and ....

Now we have officers running around handling dog calls and a "non profit" selling dogs not claimed for profit (county pays board and vet fees) and.... no one anywhere is assigned to ensure dogs are licensed.

The end? Hope not..,,

Stella

Tagup 👍

Lulu

If anyone knows this soul of compassion, ask him where the mother cat is.