A 60-year-old Terrebonne man has been arrested on 109 animal neglect charges after a neighbor’s complaint led to the discovery of more than 20 decaying sheep carcasses on his property – and the seizure of 89 sheep and three donkeys living there, Deschutes County authorities said Wednesday.
Tim David Williams was arrested Tuesday at the sheriff's office substation in Terrebonne on 17 counts of first-degree animal neglect and 92 counts of second-degree animal neglect, said sheriff’s Capt. Shane Nelson.
The sheriff’s office responded shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday to a report of a foul odor and dead sheep on the property of a home in the 200 block of NW Odem Avenue, Nelson said.
“When deputies arrived, they observed in excess of 20 sheep carcasses decaying on the property,” the captain wrote in a news release. “Some of the carcasses were lying above the ground and some buried in shallow pits toward the back of the property.”
Nelson said an investigation determined that the care of 89 sheep and three donkeys living on the property “did not meet the minimum care standards per Oregon law.” Also, he said, many of the sheep were in need of hoof care.
On Monday, sheriff’s office employees seized the 92 animals and moved them to the sheriff’s offices large-animal impound facility in southeast Bend, Nelson said, adding that Williams cooperated in their investigation.
Williams was lodged in the county jail in Bend, held on $315,000 bail.
He made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, and a judge allowed his release until an Oct. 28 court date -- but with a condition that he not possess or care for any animals, pending further court rulings.
Nelson told NewsChannel 21 it's one of the largest animal seizures in Deschutes County history.
"Many of the sheep and the donkeys were in various stages of neglect, and many of them had hoof issues," Nelson said. "The sheep needed to be sheared, so we could start the process to treat" them.