Sheriff: More Than 150 Carcasses Dumped at Farm

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Eatonton, GA (AP) - Authorities say two people have been arrested after the carcasses of more than 150 calves were dumped and left to rot in a Putnam County hayfield.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the two suspects hauled
pickup loads of the carcasses to the hayfield in recent weeks.

The sheriff said 57-year-old Gerald Baxter and 35-year-old Brent C. Baxter have been charged with five counts of unlawfully disposing of dead animals, a misdemeanor. He said they run a small-time calf operation in Morgan County.

Sills said he was told by one of the suspects that the animals died after cold weather came through the area.

The sheriff said the Baxters will be required to haul the carcasses away and bury them.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Ray Location: Georgia on Feb 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Anonymous, squirrels, raccoons, and rats have the freedom to find their own shelter from the cold. Helpless calves tied to a 8 foot chain with an igloo left out in freezing temperatures have no choice. These people should not be allowed to raise livestock.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahasssee on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:01 PM
    I don't know a lot about raising cows, but when a cow has a calf, don't they let live (or at least have access to ) a BARN for awhile? Some kind of shelter? 150 cows freezing to death? How did all the other cattle raising people prevent this? I can't believe this is a normal occurance. Even though I don't raise cows, I know that not ONE of mine would die from exposure.
  • by america the great Location: usa on Feb 11, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    really are you a meat eater? it dontsay wether he owned the hay field or not. because if they dumped them on someone else land they would be charged with a felony. farmershave done this for years when animals get sick and die. a cow will get sick and die overnight. YOU READ THE DETAILS. OK.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    He should have taken the cows to Taco Bell. Oh that's right they wouldn't know what to do with them either. This post has been rated Grade A.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    Serena , I bet you leave your door open on cold nights so the squirrels, raccoons, and rats all have a warm place to sleep, because we wouldn't want them to freeze to death now would we.
  • by Serena Location: Tallahassee on Feb 11, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    I don't care if you're an animal lover or not, it's not right to let animals freeze to death. As AB said, this whole operation should be investigated and probably shut down.
  • by Really?? on Feb 11, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    What does it matter? would you want 150 dead animals on your land? I wouldn't think so. Learn to read the details america the great, why would they be arrested for dumping cows on their own farm? They hauled them off because they were to lazy to bury them.
  • by AB Location: Ga on Feb 11, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    If 150 calves died of the cold, perhaps someone should check on the condition of his other animals, since he obviously doesn't have adequate care for them. Or is it only animal cruelty when it happens to a horse or kitten or greyhound?
  • by americathe great Location: usa on Feb 11, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    THE COWS ARE DEAD WHAT DOES IT MATTER? DID HE OWN THE HAY FIELD? COPS WITH NOTHING TO DO.
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