Oregon State University’s veterinary school will provide care to about 175 alpacas found starving at a breeding operation in the Willamette Valley.
Polk County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Isham said Monday the county took control of the animals last week after owners Jocelyn and Robert Silver could not care for them. The Silvers also face animal neglect charges.
Isham says 54 animals were trucked to the university last week before the storm forced a postponement. The rest are to be shipped in the next couple days.
Shari Bond of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue in Tenino, Wash., says this is the biggest case she has been involved in. She says rescues have become more common since the recession knocked the bottom out of the alpaca market.