OCHS employee cited for animal neglect

A tip from a local resident led to Lane County Animal Services citing Mapleton resident Heather Dollman on six counts of animal neglect Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Two horses were removed from the property occupied by Dollman by Lane County Animal Welfare Officer Bernard Perkins and an assistant.

Lane County Public Information Officer Devon Ashbridge confirmed that Dollman was present to receive the neglect citation and that Oregon State Police were called to the location to assist in the removal of the animals.

Dollman was cited on two counts each for lack of food in sufficient quantity and quality; lack of necessary veterinary care; and unsuitable confinement.

“Thankfully, we received a call about the condition of the animals,” said Perkins. “We know that the care and health of animals is very important to our residents — it’s important to Lane County too — and we appreciate their help identifying possible problem situations.” 

Ashbridge said the animals are currently being housed at an animal welfare agency where their condition is being ascertained, leading to appropriate treatment.

Dollman is currently the animal technician at the Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS) in Florence. She was previously cited and found guilty of the neglect of three horses and one dog in 2013. She has also been the subject of accusations regarding animal abuse by former volunteers at the shelter.

Also on Dec. 21, OCHS cancelled the organization’s monthly public board meeting, which was to be held Dec. 22.

Volunteers and staff at the shelter declined to comment, citing a directive from legal counsel. However, one volunteer indicated that the board meeting was cancelled due to the holiday, and not Dollman’s citations.

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