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Nearly 100 animals seized; farmer facing charges
By JONATHAN CRIBBS
BOONSBORO, Md. (Jan. 6, 2015) — The Humane Society of Washington County seized 95 animals from a Washington County farm last month after discovering malnourished, gaunt cattle, goats unable to walk with overgrown hooves and dozens of bones and carcasses littering the property.
The society seized 40 cows, 51 sheep and four goats from the farm at 6853 Wheeler Road, and all were moved to foster homes where they are recovering, said Kimberley Intino, CEO of the local society chapter.
Daniel A. Rohrer Jr. of Boonsboro, the farm’s owner, has also been charged with more than 300 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty related to the Nov. 24 seizure, which began as a tip from a community member on Nov. 19, the society said in a statement.
Society workers who carried out the seizure and a local veterinarian rated many of the cows with a so-called “body score” of 1 or 2 on a scale of 9 with 1 being emaciated and 9 being obese.
Numerous carcasses in various stages of decomposition were littered across the property.
“Something of this magnitude and scale is extremely rare,” said Kirk Livers, the society’s marketing coordinator.
Inside the barn, society workers said there was no food or consumable water, and the vetinarian decided to remove the animals.
A number of goats and sheep had hooves so overgrown, they’d be forced to their knees.
Rohrer “didn’t seem to think there was a problem, and we did,” Intino said.
Rohrer could not be reached for comment, but an attorney representing the farmer told local media last month she plans to file a restraining order against the society due to the animal seizure.
Rohrer’s trial will begin in Washington County District Court on March 4.