Complaints of Emaciated and Neglected Livestock Unfounded, Aging Cattle Living Out Last Days
BROOKSVILLE – RNRF received disturbing images from concerned citizens who claimed several cows were emaciated and dying on a local farm. After viewing the images posted on Facebook RNRF immediately responded to the farm located on Myers Road.
When we arrived on scene we noticed about a dozen cattle grazing in a field and feeding from a large bale of hay. At first glance the cows appeared to be slightly underweight but did not appear to be emaciated or near death.
While on scene, the land owner spoke to us but asked not to be identified. The land owner says he rents the land to a woman who owns the aging cattle and they are in no immediate danger. He further explained that the cattle are Brahman and Corriente and that they sometimes appear to be thin, especially during extreme drought conditions. There were also allegations that one of the cows was shot and killed, after giving birth to a calf in recent days. The owner of the cow, who also asked not to be identified, says the cow was about 15-years-old and had serious medical conditions due to giving birth. That’s why the cow was euthanized after giving birth. The calf is doing fine and being bottle fed.
As we were leaving the scene a Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer arrived and conducted an inspection of the cows. She couldn’t directly comment on the investigation but it was very clear that no crimes had been committed and that the owners were doing everything they could to care for the aging cows.
The owner says the cows are her pets and only live about 17 years. She just cares for them as they live out the last days of their lives.
There are reports of previous complaints but the owners seem to be complying with everything required by law to care for their animals.
The owners say they’ve been harassed for days by people who stop and film their property, after someone posted photographs of severely emaciated cattle. We could not find cattle that matched those horrifying images.
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