Eugene Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Abuse

EUGENE, Ore. — Timothy Jon Ahrens of Eugene pleaded guilty Friday to one count of first-degree aggravated animal abuse for injuring a cat so severely that it had to be euthanized. Eugene police said Ahrens, 28, broke the cat’s back using his hands. The cat was taken to a veterinarian, and had to be euthanized … Continue reading »

Shelters React to Animal Abuse Law

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local animal shelters are praising a decision from the state to give animals the same basic protections as humans. Many of the dogs and cats at places like SoHumane are bruised or emaciated from abuse or neglect. Their Executive Director says the decision, which allows police the authority to enter a person’s … Continue reading »

Neighbors Find Young Injured Horse

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Neighbors on a rural Central Point street are upset and confused after finding a young horse outside one of their homes Wednesday Morning. The horse that they called “Lacey” had a bad leg injury when they found her, and those neighbors called the Jackson County Sheriffs Office and the Res-Q Ranch … Continue reading »

New Law Regulates Animal Rescuers

EUGENE, Ore. — Necessary oversight or just more red tape? Opinions vary on a new state law aimed at preventing animal abuse. When Mary Anne Miller was a little girl, her father brought home abandoned kittens he found on his postal route. After that, in every picture from that time, she’s holding a cat. These … Continue reading »

Cat Abuser Pleads No Contest

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Betty Gould, the woman who was caught throwing cats into the Willamette River trapped in bags has plead no contest to two counts of attempted aggravated animal abuse. She appeared in Springfield Municipal Court on Thursday. As part of her plea agreement, two abandonment charges were dropped against her. KEZI 9 News … Continue reading »

Activists Protest Alleged Cat Abuser

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The woman who allegedly tossed two Persian cats into the Willamette River one week ago, Springfield resident Betty Gould, was released from the Lane County Jail Friday night. Someone posted her bail, which was brought down from $4,500 to $1,500. On Saturday, protesters stood outside her Springfield Salon, Hair by Betty, holding … Continue reading »