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Animal hoarder at it again

Despite a court order and the threat of jail time, Kandi Crow just can't seem to stay away from animals.

Josephine County's best-known animal hoarder is in the news again, after cats, a dog, two peafowl and two miniature horses were found March 10 at her ranch near Cave Junction.

It was nearly three years ago, in September 2012, when authorities confiscated nearly 200 animals from Crow. The haul included about 170 miniature horses, some of whom were emaciated, had parasites and suffered from lack of dental and hoof care. Some were too sick for rehabilitation and were euthanized.

The horses were sold later that year at a crowded auction that brought in about $90,000 toward the estimated $300,000 in costs incurred by the county to care for the animals. The case was widely publicized, generating comment in letters to the editor and up until this week on social media websites.

In late 2013, Crow pleaded guilty to charges of animal neglect and abuse and was sentenced to serve 40 days' custody, pay $2,300 in assessments and serve five years of probation, during which she was to possess no animals. Nor was she to own, board or borrow animals — not even a hamster, Josephine County Circuit Judge Pat Wolke told her at a sentencing hearing that year.

Crow could be jailed again if found to have violated probation. Josephine County District Attorney Ryan Mulkins is asking the court to revoke her probation, saying she has violated its terms.

She is due in court April 1 before Judge Thomas Hull. At the hearing, she is scheduled to possibly admit or deny that she violated probation in the latest incident.

Crow, 64, was arrested March 13 on a warrant signed by Wolke. She posted $1,500 bail, however, and was released within 24 hours.

Josephine County Animal Protection has a policy of not commenting on pending cases, according to a woman who answered the telephone there on Thursday.

A message for further comment from the department was not returned. It could not be confirmed whether any animals were seized in the latest incident.

Details about a March 10 inspection of Crow's property were contained in a report filed with the court by Animal Protection Officer Dave Pitts.

Pitts said he and a fellow officer arrived at Crow's home in the 1700 block of White School House Road and saw six cats wandering about, including one sitting on the front porch behind Crow, at her feet. She said the cats had been dumped there, according to the report, but when asked whether she would like them removed, she replied, "No!"

She allowed the officers to search anywhere. They found a black Labrador retriever and two peafowl without food and water in the back of her home, Pitts reported.

At her nearby barn, at 305 Smith Sawyer Road, they found the two horses, which were locked in a small barn structure without food or water, other than a modified barrel that had in it less than one-half of an inch of dirty water, according to the report.

The officers reported they also talked to an Idaho woman who said Crow was helping her care for horses because Idaho was freezing.

Reach reporter Shaun Hall at 541-474-3813 or shall@thedailycourier.com.