Ravalli County seizes neglected animals


HAMILTON, Mont. - The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has seized more than four dozen animals from a resident after an investigation found they were being neglected. The owner, a 74-year-old man in failing health, faces a charge of aggravated animal cruelty. His name was not released. Officers seized 17 head of cattle, 21 sheep, three donkeys, a horse, two yaks, four chickens and three ducks from the man on Monday. Undersheriff Steve Holton says volunteers with the Bitterroot Humane Society helped move the animals to locations where they can receive proper care.

The following release was sent out by Ravalli County Sheriff's Office:

On Monday, March 10th, 2014, the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant west of Hamilton in support of an investigation into the alleged neglect of various domesticated animals. With the assistance of the Bitterroot Humane Society, four chickens, three ducks, seventeen head of cattle, three donkeys, one horse, twenty-one sheep and two yaks were seized. The Bitterroot Humane Society organized thirteen volunteers to assist in the effort. The animals have been secured at various locations within the county and are now receiving proper food and care. The seizure was the result of a month long investigation and the Ravalli County Attorney's Office has filed a felony complaint charging the owner with one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty. The investigation to this point indicates that owner is a 74-year-old individual with failing health. For more information, contact Undersheriff Steve Holton at 375-4060.