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Sheriff's Office Seizes 47 Animals After Serving Warrant For Littering And Animal Cruelty

From Beaverhead County Sherriff's office

On 04/16/2024, The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office conducted a coordinated operation to serve a search warrant on a property in the area of Chreston Lane. The search warrant was executed under an investigation for Littering and Felony Aggravated Animal Cruelty. 



This was the largest and most heinous animal cruelty case the Sheriff’s Office has worked on in its recorded history. During the execution of the search warrant a significant number of deceased animals were documented and 47 animals were seized. All animals seized are currently being held pending the completion of this case and are receiving veterinary care.

Two individuals were taken into custody in this case and have both been charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty and Littering. 



We would like to thank Beaverhead County Deputies, Montana Department of Livestock, Montana Highway Patrol, the Beaverhead County Fair Board, Murdochs, Dave Schuett, Tyler Tash, Southwest Montana Veterinary Service, and the Beaverhead Animal Shelter for their assistance in making this operation possible.


Sheriff David Wendt



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