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Scott faces contempt of court charges
ENTERPRISE — Edward Charles Scott was arraigned in Wallowa County Circuit Court Wednesday on contempt of court charges.
Scott, 60, was charged with four counts of unlawfully possessing four heifers, in violation of his release agreement in an ongoing animal neglect case.
Scott was cited and later released.
Scott faces four other contempt charges for possessing and consuming prescription drugs not prescribed to him, breaking curfew and twice leaving the state of Oregon without the court’s permission.
On March 8, Scott was charged with four counts of first degree animal neglect and 39 counts of second degree animal neglect stemming from a Jan. 29 search warrant and subsequent investigation into the death of a calf.
Following a forfeiture hearing on March 29, Judge Russell West forfeited Scott’s cattle to Wallowa County. Neither Scott nor his attorney, Geordie Duckler of Tigard, appeared in court. A request for a re-hearing was later denied by West.
Scott failed to post bond that would have prevented the county from selling the seized livestock before his animal neglect trial. The cattle were sold at auction April 19 to recoup costs incurred by the county for the cost of caring and feeding the animals.
In January, Scott, facing an eviction from his Lostine property, asked neighbors Bob and Karen Bennett to let him keep his cattle on their land while he prepared to move. Bob Bennett testified the agreement was that Scott would be responsible for their feed.
During the forfeiture hearing, Bennett said Scott fed his cattle only every three or four days and half the amount required. He also stated under oath the hay Scott fed his cattle was black with mold.
Concerned about the lack of quality and quantity of feed the cattle were receiving, the sheriff’s office was contacted and a search warrant issued Jan. 29.