Authorities in Marion County, Ore. reported that another arrest has been made in the case where over 140 dogs were seized from Willamette Animal Rescue in Brooks. Following the earlier arrest of Alicia Marie Inglish, the investigation led Marion County Sheriff’s Department to 19-year-old Amanda Noelle Oakley, who was arrested on Friday, Jan. 18, according to Oregon's Statesman Journal. Charged with 149 counts of misdemeanor animal neglect, she is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 22. Oakley’s bail has been set at $372,500.
Inglish, on record as president of Willamette Animal Rescue, was arraigned on Monday, when the number of original charges of over 100 counts of animal neglect was reduced to 10, and bail was set at $55,000, reduced from $300,000.
Amanda Oakley of Salem admitted to being on the board of the Willamette Animal Rescue, but said that she resigned on Jan. 10, three days prior to the raid on the warehouse facility where the dogs were kept.
Marion County Sheriff Deputy Dale Huitt reports that they are seeking a third suspect in the abuse case. Merissa Marie Noonan, 21, was also listed as a board member and authorities believe she may be on the run to avoid arrest. (See photo above). Oakley surrendered on Friday after negotiations with her attorney.
All of the animals seized from the warehouse are considered evidence in the case and none of the dogs can be adopted pending court judgment on who will be awarded custody. The dogs are currently housed in various shelters in the area under the auspices of the Oregon Humane Society.
See photos of some of the dogs rescued
SAnyone having information as to the whereabouts of Merissa Noonan or about the case in general are encouraged to contact the Marion County Sheriff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (503) 588-5094. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the tip line at (503) 540-8079.
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