TURNER, Ore. – Marion County Sheriff Deputies responded to a call from a resident reporting the smell of dead animals coming from a neighbor’s field, Sunday.
Deputies say the caller reported the smell was coming from a pasture at the corner of 70th Avenue and Little Road. The deputies investigated and found nearly 40 dead sheep on the land. Some sheep were already partially decomposed, but others appeared to have recently died.
The caretaker for the property, David Etzel II, said he checked the sheep recently and did not observe any that had recently died. Etzel says he lives in a nearby farmhouse and cares for the animals for his grandfather.
The sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation.
The case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if there is evidence of neglect or another crime.