3 in Ore. dog mistreatment case face fewer counts

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 10:02 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors have reduced the number of counts against three women accused of animal neglect in the housing of 140 dogs found malnourished, filthy or sick at a warehouse in Brooks.

The three had faced 149 counts of animal neglect. That's been reduced for each to 10 counts of first-degree animal neglect, 10 counts of second-degree animal neglect and one count of attempted tampering with physical evidence.

Deputy District Attorney Jean Kunkle says it isn't always necessary to file hundreds of charges to get an appropriate sentence.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/Vyn9a1) the potential sentences on remaining charges are at least 15 years.

The three women were board members of a group called Willamette Animal Rescue.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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