Safe Harbor Aids Maury County Law Enforcement in Animal Cruelty Investigation
Cottontown, TN June 9, 2017. For Immediate Release.
On May 26th, 2017 Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary assisted the Maury County Sheriff’s office with the removal of over 30 goats and approximately 90 chickens from a Mt. Pleasant, TN home, approximately 1 hour South of Nashville. All of the approximately 120 animals were seized by Maury County Law Enforcement.
Animals were kept in dilapidated cages, locked inside a dark unventilated barn, and in a paddock with inadequate food and water. An unknown number of deceased animal remains were found all over the property. The animals were suffering from a variety of illnesses, hoof rot and respiratory distress. Some of the animals were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition. 4 of the goats were dehydrated and in critical condition, and in need of immediate veterinary support.
“The conditions on this farm were not fit for anything to survive. These animals have been suffering for an extended period of time and many of their herd mates did not survive.” said Sariah Hopkins, Safe Harbor’s Executive Director.
Safe Harbor deployed to assist in this case with no prior notice or planning time. For the past two weeks the animals have been cared for by volunteers at the Animal Rescue Corps emergency shelter in Lebanon, Tennessee, Safe Harbor and Dr. Emily Dryden, DVM while Maury County Sheriff’s department completed their investigation.
Today, all goats and chickens have transitioned to Safe Harbor foster farms pending the legal hearing for charges levied by Maury County against the owner. All vet and food costs are being funded through Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 all volunteer non profit. Safe Harbor receives no government funding and serves as a public service charity. The costs to aid these animals have quickly climbed into the thousands, and they will remain on legal hold as evidence until after court proceedings. Please consider a life saving gift to aid these goats and chickens.