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WP man charged with animal abuse

Friday, March 14, 2008

OREGON COUNTY -- A man with a West Plains address has been charged with animal abuse according to a probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Otis L. Lambert, 52, of Roadrunner Trailer Park, West Plains, has been charged with six counts of animal abuse in Oregon County.

The statement said Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King went to the Lambert property on Oregon County Road 425 on Jan. 17. The county road is near the Howell-Oregon county line just off JJ Highway.

He was accompanied by Royce Wilson, DVM; Joseph Bake, DVM; and Greg Twidwell. Dr. Wilson works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Dr. Baker and Twidwell both work for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

King said the group went to the property to check on the condition of Lamberts's horses.

King said there were 15 horses and one spotted jack on the property. The veterinarians rated these animals on the Henneke score system. The animals all scored on the lower end of the scale.

King said there were also two dead horses on the property.

The deputy said at the request of Dr. Wilson, he humanely euthanized a palomino male horse. He said the horse was down and in a very weak condition. King said Dr. Wilson drew blood from the animal.

The statement said the men could find no sign of grain or mineral being provided to these animals. There was some hay available in the field.

Lambert is scheduled to appear in Oregon County Court next month.

Gary W. Crabtree, 47, of Alton, will face several driving infraction charges next month in Oregon County Court.

The prosecutor's office charges Crabtree of careless and imprudent driving on Jan 26. He said Crabtree was driving a vehicle on Highway 160 when he ran off the roadway, struck a fence and damaged property.

Crabtree is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident on the same date. He is charged with causing another person to sustain property damage and knew he had, and still left the scene of the accident without stopping and giving sufficient information about who he was and where he could be located.

Crabtree was driving without a license and he has been charged with driving while license revoked.

The incident was investigated by officer Lowell Sanders of Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A Myrtle man, Donie E. Garrison will face charges of driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving.

The prosecutor charges that on Jan. 10, Garrison was driving on E Highway in Oregon County when he ran off the road, hitting a ditch and a mailbox. A report said he was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

The accident was investigated by Oregon County Deputy Darrin Sorrell and officer T.E. Young with Troop G of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Steven R. May, 48, of Alton has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, careless and imprudent driving, driving without a valid driver's license and failure to wear a safety belt.

Prosecutor Fred O'Neill said that on Jan. 15, May was driving on P Highway when he failed to maintain control of his vehicle, skidded off the roadway and hit a fence. He said he left the scene of the accident without stopping to inform an officer or the property owner that damage had been done.

The incident was investigated by officer Clinton Howell with Troop G of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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