CROOKED RIVER RANCH, OR -- Dozens of animals were seized from a property in Crooked River Ranch, Wednesday afternoon, after the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant. Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn says 37-year-old Jonothan Vance and 35-year-old Melody Barnes were arrested for outstanding warrants; both were on probation for a 2013 animal neglect conviction.
The Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras is caring for the six dogs, four cats, two snakes, four rats and 20 fish taken from the home on Cinder Drive. Deputies remained on scene into the evening, and Heckathorn says the investigation is ongoing. He expects the couple will face additional criminal charges related to the search warrant.
Photos: (top) Courtesy Jefferson Co. Jail; (right) Courtesy John Stevens