Oregon Humane Society's End Petlessness Campaign

by Oregon Humane Society
Horses seized from a rural property in Clatskanie.
Horses seized from a rural property in Clatskanie.

Working with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Humane Society was able to remove 15 horses that were underweight and needed medical care. 

The condition of the horses came to the attention of OHS through the report of a visitor to the property, who said that she saw two horses down and possibly in critical condition. On a visit to the site the following day, an OHS Humane Special Agent saw a dead horse on the property. A Columbia County Animal Control Officer and OHS visited the site a second time, at which time it became clear that the horses had not received proper care.

The owners of the horses had previously received criminal citations for first and second degree animal neglect for failure to provide minimum care for horses on their property. The owners pleaded guilty to first degree animal neglect in 2014.

Investigators are currently evaluating the horses seized earlier this week and have not issued citations against the owners at this time. OHS is withholding the names of the owners until and if a citation is issued. The horses are being cared for at an undisclosed location and are not available for adoption or viewing by the public at this time.

First degree animal neglect is punishable by fines of up to $6,250 and 30 days in jail. The offense is elevated to a felony charge if 10 or more animals are involved with a fine of up to $125,000 and a maximum prison term of five years.

OHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, receives no tax dollars, and relies on donations to fund all our programs including humane investigations. To help these cats and their friends in need, please consider making a gift today.


Rescued Guinea Pig
Rescued Guinea Pig

More than 200 small animals living in overcrowded conditions inside a double-wide trailer and a small metal shed were rescued this week by Oregon Humane Society investigators. The pets were voluntarily relinquished to OHS by the owner, an Oregon City resident who is under investigation for possible animal neglect.

OHS is seeking to place the animals in in homes as soon as possible. Beginning this Friday, many of the rescued animals, including chinchillas, mice, gerbils, Guinea pigs, lovebirds and parakeets, will be offered for adoption at reduced prices.

OHS Humane Special Agents are commissioned by the Oregon State Police and have full police power to enforce animal cruelty laws throughout the state. They receive no tax dollars and are supported through donations to OHS. Your gift today will help rescues tomorrow.


OHS Special Agent Austin Wallace
OHS Special Agent Austin Wallace

First in Oregon: State Police Commission Oregon Humane Society Agents

A new era in law enforcement began July 21 at the Oregon Humane Society, as the nonprofit’s Humane Special Agents were commissioned by the Superintendent of Oregon State Police (OSP).

In the past, the “animal cops” at OHS received their police authority from a direct commission by the Governor. Under a new law, OHS Humane Special Agents will gain their authority through a special commission by the Superintendent of State Police. OSP Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. will be at OHS on July 21 to commission OHS Humane Special Agents Austin Wallace and Ulli Neitch.

“The authority of OHS agents is no longer dependent upon who lives in the Governor’s mansion in Salem,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “By bringing OHS agents under the authority of the state police, the legislature has recognized the importance of fighting animal crime today and long into the future.” OHS agents must meet the same standards of professional training and conduct that Oregon has established for every certified police officer in the state.

OHS agents, under both their past and future commissions, are authorized to enforce animal cruelty laws throughout the state. Last year, OHS responded to more than 1,000 animal cruelty reports, seized or removed 442 animals, and helped a total of 2,626 animals throughout the state.

OHS relies on private donations and receives no tax dollars to support its law enforcement activities.


Nearly 100 cats rescued from neglect in Klamath County will arrive at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland this afternoon. Klamath County Animal Control requested the assistance of OHS in finding homes for the cats as there are no other shelters in Oregon capable of handling such a huge influx of animals. The rescue is one of the largest pet rescues in Oregon history.

“We’re hoping to find homes for these cats as soon as possible, even if it puts a major strain on our shelter. Fighting animal cruelty in Oregon is a top priority of OHS,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS Executive Director. Harmon noted that the ability of OHS to find homes for the animals was one reason cited by the owner when the cats were voluntarily relinquished to Klamath authorities.

OHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, receives no tax dollars, and relies on donations to fund all our programs including humane investigations. To help these cats and their friends in need, please consider making a gift today.


Rescuers making a plan
Rescuers making a plan

A dog who fell more than 200 feet from a cliff in the Santiam State Forest outside of Silverton was brought to safety this evening by an OHS rescue team. The dog, an 80-lb. Great Dane-Mastiff mix, suffered at least one broken limb but was alert and appeared to be in otherwise good condition.

The seven-person OHS rescue team deployed for the rescue early this afternoon after Woodburn safety officials contacted them. The dog, named Ranger, went missing last night when he was with his owner hiking on the Butte Creek Falls trail. Unable to locate his missing dog, the owner returned to the trail today and located Ranger at the bottom of a rocky outcropping. The dog had fallen more than 200 feet from a promontory overlooking Butte Creek.

Although rescuers could reach the dog via a trail, the trail was too steep to allow Ranger to be brought out on a rescue litter. Instead, a member of the OHS rescue team rappelled by rope approximately 230 feet down the cliff. After Ranger was secured in a rescue basket, the dog and the OHS rescuer were hoisted to the top of the cliff. Firefighters from the Silverton Fire District were on the scene and assisted with the rescue. After Ranger was safely back on high ground, he was carried out to the trail head by the rescue team.. He was then transported by his owner to an emergency veterinary clinic. Ranger’s front leg was broken and he had also suffered numerous bruises and cuts. But rescuers reported that he was alert, friendly, and did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

The rescue group, know as the OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team (OHSTAR) is comprised of volunteers skilled in using technical climbing equipment to help animals who are stranded and need human help to survive. The work of OHSTAR is supported through donation to OHS.

Rager after rescue
Rager after rescue



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Oregon Humane Society

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.oregonhumane.org
Project Leader:
Marsha Chrest
Portland, Oregon United States
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