KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office seized dozens of animals calling it one of the worst animal neglect cases its seen in the county.
Deputies seized several goats, horses, llamas, donkeys, dogs, cats and a rat. They found most of the animals emaciated and infested with lice. Currently, most animals are at the Klamath Large Animals Division. A team is working to get the animals back to good health.
“They’re gaining a little bit of weight. I mean the water troughs we could not keep them full enough. They just drank, and drank and drank constantly for the first 24-48 hours, their head was completely in the grass. I mean you couldn’t even get them up to breathe. They just had their head in there and they were eating,” said employee Dawn Keen.
34-year-old Rebecca Tomkins owns these animals. She told deputies her dad passed away and couldn’t afford to take care of them.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that. We’ve had several complaints with this individual before. We’ve gone out there, the Humane Society, we’ve tried working with them to get the weight back on the animals but each time we’ve gone out there the animals are in the same shape,” said deputy Mark Borges.
Deputy Borges cited Tomkins for animal neglect in the second degree. He says cases like this are becoming more frequent.
“This was probably one of the worst. We’re starting to see a lot more. You know, with the price of hay being as high as it is. People have all these animals and can’t have the hay to feed,” said Borges.
Tomkins has not been arraigned yet. She is expected to formally surrender the animals in the next two weeks. Klamath County plans to put the animals up for adoption.
Klamath County helps pay the costs for housing and care of the dogs but not the larger animals. If you’d like to help, you can donate to the Klamath Large Animal Division. Click here.