DALLAS — The owners of Jocelyn’s Alpaca Ranch, Robert and Jocelyn Silver, are due in court next on March 3 for a pretrial conference. The Falls City residents are both facing 18 criminal charges of animal neglect, two of them felonies. Jacob Kamins, the special prosecutor assigned to the case, said the next step will be to have the case assigned to a judge. A trial is tentatively set for March 12, but Kamins said that it likely will be moved to another date. “We are negotiating at this point,” he said. “Both sides are entitled to take more time for negotiations.” Polk County will continue to be responsible for the alpaca herd’s care, which has cost more than $14,000. The county has received grants from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and a donation from Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue to defray costs. Oregon State also is donating labor to care for the animals. To donate go to www.crosscreekalpacarescue.org or call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-623-9251.