|Re: Animal Cruelty Charges|
|Thursday, 05 May 2011 07:54|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
RE: Animal Cruelty Charges
On April 23, 2011, Deputy Sheriff H. Pickering was contacted by a concerned citizen about the condition of cattle, located at the 17000 block of NW 96 Street, Okeechobee County.
Deputy Pickering accompanied by Deputy Hartsfield, responded to the property. Upon arrival, the deputies observed four individuals, later identified as the property owners, attempting to feed the cattle ears of corn. One cow was lying on its side and appeared to be “skin pulled over bones”, according to D/S Pickering’s report. There were (47) cows and calves at this location. Upon further investigation, another cow was found on its side on an incline in a dry ditch. The deputy approached the cow and found it to still be alive along with its baby calf, lying nearby. The cow was pulled off the incline and was eventually able to sit up. There was no grass in the approximately (40) acre pasture and was covered with cow feces.
Animal Control was contacted and arrived on scene. Arrangements were made to have hay delivered and a tank for fresh water. A neighbor has agreed to let the cattle be placed on his property where there is plenty of grass. To date, two cows have been put down.
After further investigation, Deputy Pickering learned the owners had an additional (40) acres, located at the 16200 block of NW 220th Street, Okeechobee County, which contained (27) head of cattle and calves. Upon inspection of these animals, it was determined they were in the same medical condition as the others.
On May 4, 2011 at approximately 9:00 p.m., the following subjects were arrested and charged as follows:
No further information to be released at this time.
Sheriff Paul C. May said of the animals’ condition, “We are seeing an increase of these types of cases and the economic situation is probably the leading cause. I don’t consider this an excuse, the price of beef has been good recently and before it gets to where we have to intervene, something could have been done.”
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer