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Apex Shepherd Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Posted July 21, 2007

— A man charged with neglecting his flock of sheep was found guilty Friday on one count of animal cruelty.

David Watts received three years probation, and he will have to pay $2,200 in restitution. He is also banned from owning animals.

An investigator involved in the case said the courts have yet to determine what will happen to the surviving sheep and Watts’ other animals.

Residents had complained for years about the smell emanating from Watts' property. In March, authorities found 77 sheep at his home, and 30 of the animals were so ill that they had to be euthanized.

Inspectors also said Watts' home was in such disrepair that they found holes in the ceiling, broken windows and no running water on the first floor.

Neighbors said cleaning up the property would help their effort to get the area placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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  • claudnc Jul 23, 2007

    And they are going after Vick. He was probably doing God knows what with these animals.

  • ImJustSayin Jul 23, 2007

    "Go to a processing plant and here of the horrid stories told by the workers. Like me, I bet that meat won't taste so good to you."

    I'll have to try to take your word on it but I had steak tonight and it was taaaay-steeeeeeee!

  • doodad Jul 23, 2007

    It still behooves me that the city of Apex took so long to evict this guy from his home. The welfare of the sheep that died or had to be euthanized could have been prevented.

  • jeepgirl Jul 23, 2007

    I don't think that anyone on the board has said that animals take precedent over humans. The story is about animals so that is what they are commenting on. Of course we need to take care of human babies, but can't we try to take care of both?

    Also Joshua, I totally agree with you. Any decent farmer takes care of his/her herd. If you can't feed them all and care for them properly, get rid of them. This man was wasting his money and endangering the rest of his herd. He SHOULD be banned from owning animals. I have zero tolerance for anyone who is responsible for another living being (human or otherwise) and neglects that responsibility.

  • gopanthers Jul 23, 2007

    methinkthis - I understand your post and concern. But how do you know a lot of these people posting are NOT against Abortion to?

  • Adelinthe Jul 23, 2007

    "He is also banned from owning animals."


    Does this mean he'll also have to get rid of the sheep he has on the Chatham County farm that were found to be in good shape and living conditions. I pray so.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • methinkthis Jul 23, 2007

    It is amazing all the concern about animals like this story and the dog fighting case in Virginia while babies die every day at the hands of abortionists.

  • oldrebel Jul 23, 2007

    Baaaaad news.

  • gopanthers Jul 23, 2007

    whoops typo's - Slap me silly! - I meant to say imagine and weak

  • gopanthers Jul 23, 2007

    weasleyes - I can imagaine what that would be like. I truly have a week stomach when it comes to things like that and I truly appreciate the people that can stomach it and put the food in the grocery stores so people like me can eat. I know it's a silly thing but I've always been like that. Very weak Stomach. I know people off the subject. Sorry.