Hermiston Police News: Hermiston Man Arrested for Animal Neglect

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On the 7th of December 2015, at approximately 12:50PM, Hermiston officers responded to 141 NE 7th Street on a report of possible neglect of animals. Officers contacted David Zehner of that residence and located (14) cats with varying conditions. Of the 14, three were deceased and two were requiring immediate medical care.

Pet Rescue of Hermiston responded and assisted the officers with removing all animals from the small residence.

Though Mr. Zehner (57 years of age) was cooperative with officers, he was eventually arrested and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for Animal Neglect in the First Degree.

“Though minimum care as defined by statute can be very subjective and is often the cause of varying opinions, it was clear based on the conditions our officers found the animals to be living in; minimum care was not being met for these animals. We absolutely appreciate the support of Pet Rescue and the difficult job they do for the City of Hermiston.” Reports Chief Jason Edmiston.