Klamath County man charged with multiple counts of animal neglect

Multiple animals recovered from a home in Beatty after reports of animal neglect. (Oregon Humane Society)

[UPDATE] On Monday June 18, the Oregon Human Society took in 17 dogs from the investigation. Klamath County Animal Control has been taking care of the animals and asked OHS for help.

Late last week, work staff and volunteers made kennels at OHS's off-site rescue facility. The dogs will get daily care from specially trained staff and volunteers and behavioral assessments along with any needed training.

Since the dogs are apart of an ongoing investigation, they are not yet available for adoption.


A man from Klamath County is charged with 30 counts of felony animal neglect.

Klamath County Sheriff's Office had received a report of neglect of several horses, a dozen chickens, and about 50 dogs at a home on Medicine Mountain Drive in Beatty.

According to deputies, the animals were reported to be living in poor conditions and detailed several serious concerns that were not addressed.

On September 29th, a joint operation between Klamath County Animal Control and the Oregon Humane Society executed a search warrant and seized more than thirty animals from a property.

Kenneth Lawrence Hershey, 67, was cited with over 30 counts of counts of felony animal neglect in the second degree.

“On Friday, we served a search warrant, and seized 32 animals total – three horses, seven chickens, and twenty-two dogs and puppies,” said Klamath County Animal Control Officer Jim Nielsen. “Didn’t have any food or water pretty much when we were out there, definitely they were in pretty rough shape.” OHS sent a five person team to help with the execution of the search warrant.

The animals are being cared for and medical concerns are being addressed by the Klamath Humane Society and Large Animal Shelter.

The animals are not available for adoption at this time as they are under protective custody.

"OHS is happy to assist in cases like these," said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director. “Our investigation team trains year round to identify the evidence in a case like this."

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