Sheriff's Office arrests Molalla man for shooting dog

Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/20/18 

Please reference CCSO Case # 18-22976

On Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported animal complaint on the 15700 block of S. Highway 211 in Molalla. 

The reporting party told dispatchers that her dog Rudy was missing -- and that her neighbor, Preston L. Gorbett, claimed to have shot the animal, a Golden Retreiver.

Deputies arrived at the scene and interviewed the suspect and witnesses. They determined that Preston L. Gorbett had shot Rudy in the face with a 44 Magnum handgun and that probable cause existed to arrest Gorbett on charges of Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree.

Preston Gorbett was taken into custody and transported to Clackamas County Jail. His booking photo is attached.

Rudy was transported to a local animal hospital, where he is expected to survive.


The Sheriff’s Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at . Please reference CCSO Case #18-22796

Sgt. Brian Jensen
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Unit
Suspect: Gorbett