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Rainier Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Animal Neglect

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose 118 dogs and 21 horses were seized by authorities in mid-November has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of animal neglect.

The Oregon Humane Society and Columbia County sheriff’s deputies removed the animals from Catherine Ann Setere’s property near Rainier after finding them living in unsanitary conditions.

The 66-year-old woman was charged with felonies instead of misdemeanors because of the recent passage of Oregon Senate Bill 6, which toughened the penalty for neglect offenses involving 10 or more animals.

Oregon Humane Society executive director Sharon Harmon says the rescued dogs are living in an emergency shelter, while Gresham-based Sound Equine Options has found stables for the seized horses.

With the case still active, the animals are not available for adoption.

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