80-year-old woman jailed in animal neglect

KLAMATH FALLS — An 80-year-old woman accused of neglecting her livestock and horses has been jailed in Klamath County.

Authorities say they've been working with Leta Johnson for more than a year but found about half her animals in poor condition this week.

She has about 200 sheep, 55 horses and 12 head of cattle on her property. She says she's been sick and her hired hand hasn't been doing a good job.

District Attorney Ed Caleb says law enforcement officials didn't want to put Johnson in jail but it was unacceptable to see the animals neglected. Her bail is $100,000.

Investigators came first came on neglected animals at her place when they investigated the shooting death of a ranch hand in April 2007. That case remains unsolved.

— The Associated Press

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