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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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  • Hey Tom,

    I was at the ALF tonight..
    I sow a bunch of old people that were real skinny…. maybe their not feed thing the old people any food…..

    Come to think of it, my dog is very skinny too….
    my dog is 17 in people years and gets well fed..

    I guess, thinking about it….when you get old… most of the times you do lose a little weight.

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 11:55 pm
  • Good for you following up. I used to be a cattle rancher and range cattle do look thinner that feedlot cattle. I can see from your report that in fact these cattle being taken care of.

    As for the fact that a cow needed to be put down after giving birth it is a sad but true fat of ranching. Birthing is not an easy process and occasionally a cow will prolapse ( that’s pushing the uterus out) and put down. Sometimes it is possible to put it back in, but that cow can never be bred again even if she survives. The fact that the calf is doing well and being bottle fed shows he concern of the owners.

    Maybe the owner should put up a sign “OLD COWS REST HOME, LIVING OUR OUR SENOIR YEARS IN PEACE!. Most of the time these old cattle end up n dog food cans.

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 1:52 pm
  • Social media has destroyed this country and the world… It’s sad anyone who feels some type of way can start problems and either have them harrased and whatever else they can.

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 10:45 am
  • aww its assisted living basically for cows. i understand both sides. people are concerned about the welfare of animals and people are letting these amazing animals live out their days. even if they were younger they could be rescue animals. i have many friends and family that get these animals and bring them back to health and trust back into humans bc they come from abusive homes. this is great there are still people out there with a caring heart.

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 9:27 am
    • Your a cattle farmer too you know nothing mind your business…

      Sunday, 21 May 2017, 2:15 pm
      • Why don’t U mind ur business Mike. Before everyone beats U down again , go shine ur bald head & watch Oprah. Ur a doctor Phil kinda guy. Maybe he can help U with ur feelings. Were ALL tired of hearing u wine all the time, even bethy.
        Ur just a TROLL!

        Sunday, 21 May 2017, 3:48 pm
        • Beat me down food not a troll leprechaun.and a mighty one at that. Hows your family on deltona and northcliff.

          Monday, 22 May 2017, 7:38 am
          • Just fine Mikey, why don’t u come by for a visit?? Ur always welcome here
            Just follow the rainbow. U know ALL about those

            Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:04 pm
    • If there healthy we can eat them go feed your deer in the woods.

      Sunday, 21 May 2017, 2:17 pm
  • Thanks Tom. For getting to the truth. Its such a shame people always try to stir trouble instead of being kind and try to help. Its a shame what our country has came to. A people of uncaring, unwilling, and unloving people.

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 9:22 am
  • I disagree with the comments made above. The animals to a person not knowing the situation do look to be underfed, however, if a person has little to no knowledge then reporting what they thought to be abuse is not a bad thing to do but one that should be commended. If more people would be as vigilant then more creatures would not be violently treated. Much prefer the report to have been made, found to be under control then to not have a report made and an animal suffers due to be tied up, left out in the weather, abused and starving. Have to go with, report to find out not ignore and let the possible abuse continue. Glad to hear the creatures are being cared for, the person reporting it I would bet is also glad.

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 7:55 am
    • Becoming knowledgeable about a situation BEFORE reporting could save everyone a lot of work and grief. We don’t need more “vigilanties” out there reporting what they think is so-called-abuse.

      Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 7:39 pm
  • This state let mostly city people, who not one in one hundred wouldn’t have any idea the best way to raise pigs, put in our state’s Constitution several years ago, just how pigs should and shouldn’t be raised.

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 6:55 am
  • Reminds me of what was done to me just 2 yrs ago idiots blamed me for starving my horse she was 31 yrs old with heaves had vets out all the time hay all the time and 10 acre pasture because she also had cancer they assumed I starved her neighbors called reported her needless to say it was dropped but my life was hell news reporters and everything showed up so why is it the people reporting FALSE information do not go to jail? Something needs to be done with nosy people

    Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:16 am
  • Folks need mind there own dam business I’m ex Amish from pa

    Saturday, 20 May 2017, 8:58 pm
  • Typical these days. Jump to conclusions and post your own false conclusions on social media instead of asking questions and finding out what might be really going on. Thank You Tom for doing what others should have done.

    Saturday, 20 May 2017, 6:54 pm
  • Nosey neighbors need to have there kicked and stop bothering these people. Period

    Saturday, 20 May 2017, 4:57 pm
  • Medical staff were concerned about the huge nose of the complainant, but decided it was simply suffering from being stuck into everyone else’s business.

    Saturday, 20 May 2017, 3:59 pm
    • Bingo…no one BUSINESS….

      Sunday, 21 May 2017, 8:33 am

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