New Holland Sales Stables has been cited after allegedly tossing a sheep and a goat — injured but alive — onto a carcass pile, where they remained overnight in subfreezing weather.
The livestock auction business has been cited for two cases of animal cruelty. The case will be heard at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, by District Judge Rodney Hartman.
A spokesman for the stables did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the citations, the incidents occurred on Feb. 16.
The sheep, one citation stated, was “left lying, in plain view to the public, on a pile of carcasses from the prior evening depriving the animal of necessary sustenance including but not limited to neglect, lacking sanitary shelter and failing to protect the animal against inclement weather to preserve the animal's body heat.”
The animal was not able to move, the citation said.
A similar report was filed in regard to the goat.
In each case, the animal had to be euthanized because of the severity of its condition.
Assistant District Attorney Christine Wilson said she and Humane Society Cruelty Officer Susan Martin will prosecute the case.