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  • Woman pleads not guilty in animal abuse case

    Eagle Point woman whose three dogs died from the heat after being left in a vehicle last month, faces pretrial hearing Aug. 12
  • CHILOQUIN — An Eagle Point woman accused of leaving three rottweilers in a car for several hours until they overheated and died last month has been arraigned on six counts of first-degree animal abuse.
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  • CHILOQUIN — An Eagle Point woman accused of leaving three rottweilers in a car for several hours until they overheated and died last month has been arraigned on six counts of first-degree animal abuse.
    Alice Violet Taylor, 65, pleaded not guilty to all charges in Klamath County Circuit Court Monday, court records show.
    Taylor was originally scheduled to appear in court on June 26 but did not show up. The court issued a warrant for failure to appear, and police arrested her at about noon Monday on Riverbend Road in Chiloquin.
    "We'd heard that she may be in the area," said Gale McMahon, assistant animal control officer for Klamath County.
    Taylor had three more dogs with her during the arrest — two rottweilers and a bull mastiff, McMahon said. It's not known where she purchased the animals. Klamath County Animal Control seized the animals.
    Taylor has been released from the Klamath County Jail on her own recognizance.
    She is not allowed to own animals as a condition of her release.
    A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, court records show.
    Taylor is accused of leaving the dogs in her truck on June 2 while she went inside Melita's Restaurant, located in the 39000 block of Highway 97 in Chiloquin. The rottweilers, a 5-year-old male and two 1-year-olds — one male, one female — were left inside the truck for several hours. The high temperature that day was 81 degrees, and it could have been about 50 degrees hotter inside the truck, officials said.
    The owner and manager of M&C Towing in Klamath Falls tried to break the animals out after receiving a report from passers-by.
    When the door was broken open, responders tried to cool the dogs by pouring water on them and attempted to revive them with CPR.
    Taylor claimed she had been inside Melita's making phone calls while the dogs were overheating, police said.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.
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