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Woman fined $172K in animal neglect case involving 118 dogs, 21 horses

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Puppy seized in November 2013 Puppy seized in November 2013
Dogs found in deplorable conditions in Rainier in November 2013. Dogs found in deplorable conditions in Rainier in November 2013.
Catherine Setere, jail booking photos Catherine Setere, jail booking photos
RAINIER, OR (KPTV) -

A Rainier woman was convicted on 43 felony animal neglect charges after more than 100 dogs and 20 horses were seized from her property.

Catherine Setere was convicted in court last week and sentenced Thursday to pay a fine of $172,000. She was also banned from owning domestic animals or horses for five years. 

A search warrant was served on Karr Road in November 2013. 

The investigation began when the Oregon Humane Society received a complaint about the health of a puppy purchased from Setere.

Investigators said her animals had inadequate shelter, lacked water and lived in unsanitary conditions.

In one building, according to the Oregon Humane Society, animals were found housed in a kennel with no windows or ventilation, with waste all over the floor.

In all, 118 dogs, 21 horses and a cat were taken from the property. It was one of the largest seizures of animals ever in Oregon, according to the Humane Society.

The animals were taken to an emergency shelter created specifically for this incident, as that many rescued animals would have overwhelmed the shelter in northeast Portland.

All of the animals, with the exception of one horse, have been adopted or transferred to other humane organizations committed to finding them homes.

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