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Dumping of Sheep Carcasses Leads to Animal Neglect Charges
Sergeant Tom Hulett
Fish & Wildlife Division - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536 ext. 206

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Two Junction City-area men were cited last week on misdemeanor charges following the disturbing discovery and investigation into dumped sheep carcasses in a ditch on Cox Butte Road west of Junction City. Found underneath the carcasses and bones was a dying female adult sheep that had to be put down at the scene because of its condition.
On February 6, 2008, Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division Trooper Marc Boyd received a complaint of sheep carcasses dumped in a ditch on Cox Butte Road about 200 yards east of Territorial Highway. Upon responding to the location, Trooper Boyd found four whole dumped carcasses and bones from multiple animals, recently butchered Barbados sheep hide, aborted sheep lambs, and other various parts and bones. While examining the dumped pile, Trooper Boyd saw a large ewe sheep barely alive underneath the debris. Due to its poor condition, Trooper Boyd had to put the sheep down.
During an investigation that included contacts with multiple area ranchers, Trooper Boyd contacted a residence in the 93000 block of Dorcy Lane where he contacted SERGIO SANCHEZ, age 44. During this contact Trooper Boyd found evidence and developed information linking SANCHEZ to the dumped sheep carcasses, including Barbados sheep similar to those found butchered at the dump site. The investigation identified a second person allegedly involved with the case.
Trooper Boyd cited and released SANCHEZ for Animal Neglect in the First Degree. A second person identified as ROSENDO ORBE DIAZ, age 22, from Junction City, was cited for Placing Offensive Substance in Waters or Other Property, for his alleged involvement with helping SANCHEZ dispose of the carcasses, and Animal Neglect in the First Degree.
A local sheep producer contacted Trooper Boyd and volunteered to clean up the dump site and properly dispose of the carcasses.
Oregon law (ORS 167.330) states "A person commits the crime of animal neglect in the first degree if … the person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence fails to provide minimum care for an animal in the person's custody or control and the failure to provide care results in serious physical injury or death to the animal." Animal Neglect in the First Degree is a class A misdemeanor.