ALOHA, Ore. – An Aloha family faces animal abuse charges for allegedly hoarding and neglecting dozens of animals in their home, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to Sergeant David Thompson, deputies responded to a home at 2615 SW 185th Avenue on Tuesday after getting a complaint about numerous animals living in deplorable conditions.
Thompson said the caller told dispatch his car broke down near the home, and when he went to the door he saw several sick animals in a very dirty house, and strong odors were coming from the home.
Deputies met 55-year-old Brenda White at her home, and they said she agreed to let them inside. When the first deputy went inside, he was overwhelmed by a strong smell of excrement, Thompson said. He saw a large number of animals inside, including dogs, cats, chickens, exotic birds and goats.
Deputies said they were told there were dead animals in the garage, but the garage was too full of garbage for them to look inside.
Thompson said many of the living animals were sick or close to death. The conditions inside were extremely filthy and not fit for animals or humans to live in, Thompson said. Deputies called Washington County Animal Services for help with the animals.
19 dogs and 28 cats were turned over to animal services, Thompson said. The chickens, exotic birds and goats remained at the home because they were healthy and most of them lived in the back yard.
The dogs and cats were taken to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro. When healthy, the surviving animals will eventually be offered for adoption, Thompson said.
Brenda White, her 57-year-old husband Nyls White and the couple’s 24-year old daughter Tessa White were arrested and cited for animal abuse.