Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath County Animal Control is operating under new management.
Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Brown investigates complaints of animal neglect and abuse.
“Our job is to speak for the animals.” Notes Deputy Brown. “Because they can’t speak for themselves.”
Animal Control operations were taken over by the Sheriff’s Office in early July.
Ten animals were seized last week from a property just north of Klamath Falls.
“Lack of food, lack of water, lack of minimum care requirements, basically.” Explains Brown, adding the county made an effort to work with the owner. “The livestock owner was given at least a dozen warnings and attempts to remedy the situation, and take care of his animals properly.”
The animals are now being cared for at the Large Animal Shelter on Miller Island Road.
Cats and dogs are still licensed through the Animal Control Office on Washburn Way.
Deputy Brown has made use of both shelters. “I have recently adopted my own dog, and we just adopted a horse from the Large Animal facility about a week ago.”
But, more homes are needed.
“We have several horses out here.” Brown points out. “And at some point, we will possibly have some goats and chickens.”
The Klamath Large Animal Shelter appreciates any donations of money and supplies.
You’ll find more information on adoptions, and how you can help here: klamathlargeanimals.org
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.