SALEM, Ore. -- A third woman has been arrested in a dog-neglect investigation at a Marion County rescue facility that involved more than 100 dogs.
Merissa Marie Noonan, 21, of Woodburn, was led off to jail in handcuffs and her bail was set at $75,000. Investigators said she was a member of the board for Willamette Animal Rescue. The shelter advertises that it tries to find homes for dogs that otherwise would be killed. But investigators said the animals there were severely malnourished and neglected.
A deputy negotiated the surrender of 19-year-old Amanda Oakley on Friday, according to The Marion County Sheriff's Office. She served as the secretary of the animal shelter, which is located in Brooks, north of Salem.
The president of the facility, 24-year-old Alicia Inglish, was arraigned Monday on 120 counts of animal neglect.
Sheriff's officers and Oregon Humane Society investigators removed more than 140 dogs from the facility. They said many of the animals were housed in deplorable conditions and were starving.
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