RAINIER, Ore. -- A woman whose 118 dogs and 21 horses were removed from her Rainier property in November will face felony animal abuse charges, according to the Oregon Humane Society.
Deputies served a search warrant on Catherine Setere's Karr Road property November 13, after inspectors found the animals had inadequate shelter and water and lived in unsanitary conditions.
In one building, an inspector found no ventilation, piles of dog feces and urine saturating the floors, OHS officials said.
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The seizure was among the largest dog rescues in Oregon history, said OHS spokesman David Lytle.
Setere was charged Monday with 47 counts of second-degree animal neglect and one count of first-degree animal neglect for mistreatment of a horse that led to serious physical injuries. She was one of the first people to be charged under the recently passed Oregon Omnibus Animal Protection Act.
"Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of $125,000," Lytle explained. "Under the previous law, first degree animal neglect was punishable by up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine."
Setere pleaded not guilty to all counts.
The rescued dogs have been living in an OHS emergency animal shelter since they were seized in November. Lytle estimates the rescue and care of the animals has cost $275,000.