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Goats, cows, chickens, other animals saved from a McClain County farm

An animal rescue in McClain County saved more than 75 animals from ‘deplorable' conditions, a McClain County detective said. The property owner was arrested on 32 complaints
BY CARMEN FORMAN Published: June 23, 2012

— 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.

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