Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cruel and Unusual

The stolen calves were finally found, but four were dead and the three remaining are not in the best of shape.

This just makes me sick. From photos of the barn where they were stolen, they lived in the best of conditions before they were taken. The place looked clean and bright and comfortable.

Now some jerks, for want of a better term, are alleged to have neglected them unto what was undoubtedly a horrible death.

Calf care is a highly skilled task. They are babies and need consistent and appropriate feed, care, and housing. Every little detail is important. You can just bet the farmer knew what height to place their feeders, what temperature to feed their milk, and what to watch for in the way of problems.

No doubt he understood the necessity for the esophageal groove to close so that the milk went into the abomasum and not the rumen, and how to achieve this goal.

And the need for warm, clean, dry bedding and freedom from drafts and damp. He surely understood animal husbandry. These brutes certainly did not. 

 I hope they throw the book at whoever did this ugly thing. 


Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

That's terrible! That's going to be quite a setback for the ones that lived :(

12Paws said...

I read this yesterday & cried. Today I'm still trying to key thru tears. Many years ago I saw all my Grandpa did to farm & raise animals so I know the many faceted grief the owner of these calves has & will experience. For thieves, punishment from this world cannot to be enough, however, God saw it all and His judgment is perfect. I am praying for the 3 calves to make it and for the owner & his family.

threecollie said...

Nita, it made me so angry, even though it didn't affect me personally. Poor calves!

12Paws, horrible story!

Terry and Linda said...

I can NOT understand why steal them in the first place and then after all that to allow them to die.

I wanted to write more but decided Not on a public domain. GRRRRRRRRRRR