WAYNE — Goats, cows and other farm animals are being treated Friday after being rescued earlier in the week in McClain County, authorities said.
The McClain County Sheriff's Department rescued 20 goats, 42 chickens, six cows, eight rabbits, a pig, a mule and two dogs from a farm at 14570 State Highway 77, in Wayne, said Dana Guthrie, McClain County detective.
“Various stages of starvation and other injuries were present on these animals. It was deplorable,” Guthrie said. “There was no food, the grass that was there had been eaten by the goats down to the ground and they were actually trying to eat the bark off of the trees.”
The property owner, James Evert Stinson, 66, was arrested and released the same day on 32 complaints of failure to dispose of animal carcasses. Once full veterinary reports are completed on the animals, police said they plan to present complaints of animal abuse to the district attorney's office.
The 32 complaints of failure to dispose of animal carcasses come from the number of animal corpses found on the property with flesh still on them. Police also found a number of skulls and bones without flesh.
“We recovered over 100 additional skulls to confirm deceased animals from the property,” Guthrie said. “Bones were just everywhere, they just littered the property. Where they died is where they laid.”
The police were tipped off to the situation by the state Environmental Quality Department; officials for the department had gone to the property for an unrelated matter, Guthrie said.
The vets that examined the animals on the property said most of the animals were at a one on a scale of healthiness, with the best being nine. They had no food and some had no water or if they did, it was filled with algae, Guthrie said.
The animals have been transferred across the state to various clinics. The goats, some of the chickens, the rabbits and the pig were transferred to the Tulsa Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals.
All of the animals survived the trip, but most arrived at the animal care facility in bad conditions, said Lori Hall, director of the society.
The goats need a lot of hoof work done and need to be dewormed, Hall said.
“Some of them, you look at them and you swear they're pregnant, but it's just worms,” she said.
The goats received their first round of deworming and one is being treated for a broken leg. The animal group also gave frozen water bottles to the rabbits to play with, which cooled off and calmed the frightened creatures, Hall said.
The animals will later be transferred to a farm between Tulsa and Arkansas to be rehabilitated. Once the animals improve, they will be adopted out.