Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, June 9 2014 at 5:18 PM, Updated: Mon, June 9 2014 at 8:42 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. - Additional charges have been filed against a 65 year old Eagle Point woman accused of killing 3 dogs by leaving them in a hot car.
After holding back the details last week, District Attorney Rob Patridge released the name of the suspect...
"We're charging Alice Taylor with six counts of animal abuse in the first degree."
Gale McMahon of Klamath County Animal Control says the 3 dogs died after being left in a hot car for over 4 hours on Monday of last week near Chiloquin...
"They were rottweilers. One was a male, 5 years old, the other 2 was a male and female, they were approximately about 1 year old."
Charges against Taylor have been upgraded from animal neglect to animal abuse.
District Attorney Patridge notes that if convicted, Taylor could face a year in jail...
"She is currently not in custody. We're attempting to locate her at the present time. Charges were filed today."
The story has attracted national attention, and outrage...and McMahon says that's a good thing.
"Because it's calling people's attention to what's going on."
McMahon believes the temperature in the car rose to over 129 degrees.
At this time, Alice Violet Taylor has only been issued a citation on the animal neglect charges. Since she hasn't been arrested, no jail booking photos exist.
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KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.