Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies have seized dozens of cattle from a rancher suspected of animal neglect.
Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said a search warrant was served Thursday on 86-year-old William Holdner, who was convicted in March of water pollution charges in connection with his cattle ranching operation.
Animals showing signs of neglect have been sent to an offsite location where they can be nursed back to health. The underfed cattle were removed from a property in Warren and two in Scappoose.
Dickerson said Oregon Humane Society agents handle most animal abuse complaints in the county northwest of Portland and helped identify the cattle in need of immediate attention.
The Human Society is paying for the animals’ food, transportation and veterinary care.