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Malnourished cattle seized from Moore farm

Posted May 22, 2014

Moore County authorities seized 120 malnourished cows from an Eagle Springs farm on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Mildwurf)

— Moore County authorities seized 120 malnourished cows from an Eagle Springs farm on Thursday and charged three members of a family with animal abuse and neglect.

Authorities visited the farm last week and found emaciated cattle infested with parasites, an overgrazed pasture and "hay of no nutritional value in unsanitary racks."

The farm visit stemmed from the 2012 conviction on two counts of animal cruelty of one of the two brothers charged Thursday, authorities said. That case involved the same herd that was seized.

Since the conviction, Moore County Animal Operations and a local veterinarian have worked to cull the herd to an appropriate size for the available pasture, down to 50 to 60 cows. But authorities said there was no compliance with recommendations on caring for the herd, and the condition of the cattle hadn't improved.

Authorities obtained a search warrant and an injunction to take control of the cattle, and the animals were moved to another Moore County farm Thursday afternoon to receive proper care.

Moving the cattle will cost the county about $4,000, and the county is paying another $4,000 a month for their care, County Manager Wayne Vest said.

"We realized there was going to be a cost associated with moving the herd and caring for them. But we also realized that, to leave the cows on site, in the condition they're in, was really not an option," Vest said.

He said the county hopes to recoup as much of that cost as possible from the family in a separate civil case.

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  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 23, 2014

    "The farm visit stemmed from the 2012 conviction on two counts of animal cruelty of one of the two brothers charged Thursday, authorities said. That case involved the same herd that was seized."

    Well then two questions -
    1. Why did someone decide to let him keep those cattle, the same cattle that was seized today, and
    2. Are the fines going to be enough to cover the costs of moving and caring for these cattle, even if the property of the abusers has to be seized to do so?

    This MUST stop!!! The authorities MUST stop leaving children and animals with those evidence shows are abusing and/or neglecting them.

  • Jack Miller May 23, 2014

    Beef Jerky

  • archmaker May 23, 2014

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    wow, you sound like senator bill frist insisting that someone is brain dead because you watched a video while the patient is 1,000 miles away.

    maybe the solution is to let these cattle graze on federal land for free - they can be like the rancher in Nevada minus the picking cotton statements...

  • btneast May 23, 2014

    I hope these poor creatures will get the care and treatment they deserve, and find new loving homes where they will no longer be neglected or exploited for human profit
    Profit had nothing to do with this situation. It's not profitable to let your livestock get in poor shape. By the way, all livestock is being used for profit.......exploited is being overly dramatic.

  • karenhart May 23, 2014

    Taking property away from citizens should be a critical situation.
    I am a little concerned as that picture showed cattle that were not even close to being in critical shape. There is no way they looked that good being fed only hay with "no nutritional value" and they were way too slicked off to be "parasite ridden".
    I don't know the whole story behind this situation but I sure am not going to jump on the bandwagon that this guy/guys were abusing their animals, based on the one picture shown. I have concerns that extremists/zealots were driving this situation, and that is NEVER good, and rarely constitutional.

  • BurtReynoldsBigHat May 23, 2014

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    Why do people abuse their spouses? It's like keying your own car. There's no rationalization.

  • Riptide12 May 23, 2014

    Thank you Moore County for doing the right thing! If only other counties would follow your example.

  • Lightfoot3 May 23, 2014

    "We are predators, so we eat them" - Grand Union


    Just like deer during hunting season.


    "no need for us also to make their lives a misery beforehand. Its immoral and bad economics as well" - Grand Union


    Totally agree.

  • Grand Union May 23, 2014

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    Why are sociopaths so keen to make it known? A cow is a living creature pretty much like you. We are predators, so we eat them , but there is no need for us also to make their lives a misery beforehand. Its immoral and bad economics as well.......

  • Grand Union May 23, 2014

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    Keeping animals in good health is not cheap...if the Brothers have mental; health or addiction issues then things can go downhill fast.

    Next thing will have to be the forced sale of the farm to pay the costs of this neglect......

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