GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Investigators are still trying to determine how to charge the homeowner in the Josephine County Animal Rescue Case Newswatch 12 first reported on Friday. NewsWatch12 had a crew at the scene as deputies seized more than 200 starving and deprived animals from a ranch in Cave Junction.
The homeowner of that farm isn’t unfamiliar to law enforcement. Kandy Crow has charges of animal abuse and neglect dating back to 2006 and her criminal history could play a role in this current case.
Animal Legal Defense Fund, a group assisting the Josephine County’s District Attorney’s Office, says it’s a possibility that Crow could face 6 to 9 months behind bars. On Friday, the county seized over 200 animals and the spokesman explained it’s a possibility that a judge could make each separate count of animal abuse or neglect consecutive.
On Friday, when NewsWatch12 spoke with Crow’s son, Robert Crow, he said many of those animals were raised and sold for profit. The animal advocacy group said Oregon law recognizes that animals can be used for agricultural purposes, but not when someone starves them.
“Assuming the sake of discussion, the necropsies of those animals come back and the cause of death is starvation, dehydration, then the fact that these might be characterized as some of these animals might be characterized as livestock or part of agricultural operation isn’t going to be a defense,” says senior attorney and criminal justice program director of Animal Legal Defense Fund, Scott Heiser.
Animal Control discovered three horse skeletons and bones of rabbits, chickens and dogs on the 1700 block on White School House road on Friday.
Over the weekend, they discovered several more dead animals on Crow’s property. Currently, volunteers and Animal Control are housing the animals.
Heiser says if Crow is convicted of animal abuse and neglect, she could end up paying whatever it costs the county to take care of her animals.