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Columbia County sheriff’s deputies and Oregon Humane Society officials seized 17 animals on Wednesday after searching a Clatskanie-area residence in a case of suspected animal neglect.

Deputies served a search warrant at a home on Clatskanie District Road after Humane Society officials received a video that showed poor living conditions for seven dogs and 10 cats, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Humane Society officials were on scene after the search warrant was served and assisted with forensic exams, the sheriff’s office said.

“This cooperation between the Oregon Humane Society and the Sheriff’s Office to protect these animals is part of our ongoing effort to improve the way animal control services are rendered in our County,” Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said in the release.

The sheriff’s office terminated its contract with the Columbia Humane Society late last year and now handles strays and responds to animal abuse complaints.

Criminal charges will be determined pending the outcome of the animals’ health examinations, according to the sheriff’s office.

“This year has started off well with improved local shelter services from our office on county-seized dogs and an improved partnership with Oregon Humane to insure that strays and other distressed animals in the county get the care and attention they deserve,” Dickerson said.

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