Jocelyn and Robert Silver of Falls City are each facing 2 felony counts of animal neglect and 16 Class A misdemeanors of animal neglect.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says dozens of their alpacas already died from starvation. About 175 alpacas are left, who are now in the safe hands of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University.
“Some of them weren’t in too bad of condition other than being skinny,” said Lyn Smith-Gloria, the spokesperson for the Veterinary Medicine College. “But others had hoof problems, teeth problems, eye infections; skin diseases.”
Deputy John Kincaid with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the department started investigating the case in early December. He says the Silvers were arrested in the late part of December, when the Sheriff’s Office took custody of the alpacas on site.
“It has been very costly to the county,” Kincaid said. “It has cost us over $10,000 to pay for vet care and to feed them for one month.”
The alpacas are still under the Sheriff’s Office ownership, but Oregon State University is taking care of them until they can be adopted.
Vets are treating all the animals for various issues.
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