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Second suspect in Pawsitive K-9 and dead horse case arrested by deputies, husband rearrested for contempt of court

Cave Junction, Ore. – Josephine County Sheriff’s Deputies in Oregon captured a woman who has been a fugitive with a nationwide extraditable warrant since September on a slew of felony criminal charges.

Danielle Brown (aka Danielle LaRue), 36, and her husband, Joseph LaRue, 37, were charged in September of 2022 with a long list of felony charges of animal neglect, fraud, and other crimes, after authorities executed warrants at their business Pawsitive K-9 Solutions in downtown Grants Pass and at a property the couple was renting in Selma, Oregon.

Over a dozen dogs were found severely neglected and abandoned at the business location without food and water. More animals, including a dead horse and another one that was malnourished, were found at the property in Selma.

Joseph LaRue eventually turned himself in to authorities after the couple was on the run for weeks. Danielle LaRue continued to elude authorities, despite saying in a since-deleted public Facebook post in late December that she intended to turn herself into authorities.

Sheriff Dave Daniel spoke to NW Horse Report about the execution of a warrant at a property in Cave Junction Tuesday morning, saying they had received a tip about Brown’s whereabouts. Upon investigation, detectives spotted Joseph LaRue at the property, along with Brown.

While executing the warrant, deputies found LaRue with 10 more dogs on the property in violation of his court-ordered release agreement, prompting them to rearrest LaRue for contempt of court. Daniel said LaRue told detectives that they missed Brown by about 12 hours, however, Brown was then shortly found hiding in an attic at the residence and taken into custody.

LaRue was then also charged with hindering prosecution due to his knowledge of Brown’s whereabouts.

Daniel also told NW Horse Report that detectives were working to obtain a second warrant in order to search a detached garage for more animals believed to be located inside. He also went on to again thank the community and their continued efforts to be the eyes and ears for their deputies and provide tips to investigators on such cases.

According to a source familiar with the case, Brown was being held on a $25,000 bail, while LaRue was being held on a $5,000 bail for the alleged contempt of court. It was not yet known if the couple could face additional charges related to the newly discovered animals and if there were any new issues of neglect.

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