Feb 15, 2016

Man charged with animal cruelty re-arrested in Oregon

A Clark man facing 16 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty was re-arrested in Oregon last week. He now awaits extradition back to Park County.

Michael A. Wood, 39, was arrested by police in Oregon City, Oregon, on Feb. 9. Wood stands accused of failing to properly feed and care for 16 animals at his property on Crossfire Trail. The charges allege Wood's neglect led to the death of seven of his horses and three of his dogs, while six other horses became too thin.

Michael A. Wood
Wood was initially arrested on 13 counts relating to the horses. He pleaded not guilty at a Jan. 18 appearance in Park County's Circuit Court and was released from jail the next day, when his mother posted $7,500 bail.

However, after further investigation, authorities chose to file three more cruelty charges relating to the dead dogs. A warrant was issued for Wood’s arrest on Jan. 22.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office later got information that Wood was in Oregon City, Oregon, and informed police there.

On the morning of Feb. 9, “our patrol went out and they contacted him,” said Oregon City Police Sgt. Matt Paschall. “He was cooperative. He was arrested for his warrant and lodged in the (Clackamas County, Oregon) jail.”

Clackamas County jail records show Wood has agreed to be brought back to Wyoming. The Park County Sheriff’s Office said in a Wednesday night Facebook post that it was making arrangements to go get him.

Wood’s bond conditions allowed him to travel freely, so he was not breaking any court rules by being in Oregon.

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