A former La Pine dog breeder, who had 53 dogs seized from her property in 2018, was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation.
Pamela Gale Kyler, 63, pleaded guilty last week in Deschutes County Circuit Court to four counts of second-degree animal neglect. Through a plea deal, 46 other counts of second-degree animal neglect were dismissed and the four counts Kyler pleaded guilty to were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.
In addition to probation, Kyler is ordered to serve 80 hours of community service and not own or care for any more domestic animals.
On March 16, 2018, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the property on the 51000 block of Ash Road in La Pine to perform a welfare check on multiple dogs.
Deputies found the dogs were malnourished and sick from internal parasites, dental disease and entropion, in which eyelashes painfully grow inward.
Evaluating the seized dogs took all night March 16 and all day March 17, according to the sheriff’s office.
A female dog was sent directly to a veterinary clinic and had to be euthanized.
The other 53 dogs were sent to the Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend. The breeds include Labradors, German short-haired pointers and dachshunds.
Kyler, who ran Kyler’s Field and Marsh Kennels, a breeder of Labradors and German short-haired pointers, cooperated with investigators and released ownership of the dogs to the humane society.
The Bend shelter, which has 38 kennels, had limited space to house all the dogs. To make room, 18 of the seized dogs and four already at the shelter were sent to the Oregon Humane Society in Portland. All the seized dogs sent to Portland have been adopted, except one who was pregnant and is in foster care.
The Bend shelter adopted out all of its seized dogs, except two puppies that were in critical condition and are in foster care, according to the shelter.
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