Janice Morse reports:
A string of unusual animal-cruelty cases has left Butler County officials perplexed and outraged.
Prosecutor Mike Gmoser didn’t mince words when discussing three recent incidents, which come on the heels of disturbing farm-animal deaths, some of them violent, earlier this year.
“We’re concerned about the cruelty to the animals. It’s just an ugly practice, and it’s illegal,” he said Friday. “…This is America, where we prohibit dogfighting and cockfighting, and things of that nature.”
A man is accused of raising roosters to sell them for cockfighting – possibly the county’s first such case since 1966, Gmoser said. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said authorities have videotaped evidence and a confession from the suspect.
There also are two recent horse-maltreatment incidents, one involving attempted poisoning and another alleging malnourishment.
Such situations are troubling not only because of the harm to the animals but also because perpetrators often go on to later harm people, Jones said.
Despite the recent spate of cases, Jones said he doesn’t think his county has more of a problem than other places. “It goes on everywhere and it’s usually in the shadows. It’s just that we’re fortunate that we’ve got technology and people who are coming forward about it,” Jones said. “Don’t come here and think you can abuse any animals and call it sport. You won’t get away with it.” (more…)
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