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Scott convicted on 14 counts of animal neglect
ENTERPRISE — Ed Scott of Lostine was convicted on two counts of first-degree and 12 counts of second-degree animal neglect by a six-person jury in Wallowa County Circuit Court Wednesday night.
Scott was initially charged with four counts of first-degree and 39 counts of second-degree animal neglect in March. His cattle were seized by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office and sold when he neglected to post a bond or show up for a forfeiture hearing.
In January, a dead calf precipitated an investigation by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office and veterinarian David Schaefer, resulting in one of the first-degree convictions. A search warrant was served and Chief Deputy Fred Steen and Schaefer performed a necropsy on the calf, which was trampled to death by other members of the herd and was suspected to have been undernourished. Tissue samples of the calf and the hay which the cattle were fed were sent to labs for analysis.
The second first-degree conviction was for the death of a cow that Steen said was so weak when deputies went in to seize the cattle that she fell to the ground and was never able to get up again.
District Attorney Mona Williams said Judge Russell West withdrew some of the counts based on the cattle being borderline undernourished. Others were discounted by the jury during a four-hour deliberation.
“This is an important case because even with one conviction of animal neglect Scott will not be able to have any animals for five years,” Williams said.
Scott was also convicted on four counts of contempt. Part of his release agreement said that he was not to own any animals until the trial. On June 14, he attempted to sell four heifers in Idaho, said Williams, a direct violation.
“I am satisfied with the outcome of the case because it’s good for animals and it will make people in the community aware of animal neglect,” Williams said.