Authorities are investigating potential animal abuse on two
farms where over 80 dead calves were found amid deplorable
conditions, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said
and deputies found at least 52 dead calves in and around the
barns on a farm in Brighton Township on Friday afternoon,
the department said in a statement. Fifteen live calves were
moved to a safe location.
later discovered at least 30 dead calves "in various
states of decomposition" at a second farm in Paris
Township owned by the same family, the department said. At
least 100 live cattle there were put under a veterinarian's
standing by to help move the rescued animals were horrified
by the smell of death in the air, the Kenosha News reported.
is a bit of a jaw-dropper," said Robert Melby, director
of Clawz and Pawz, which contracts with animal control to
assist in rescue operations.
Sheriff David Beth told the newspaper Friday evening that it
sounded like the animals died of starvation and dehydration,
the department's statement on Saturday said the cause of the
animal deaths had not been determined, and may have been due
added that investigators found "evidence of neglect in
addition to readily apparent and long-term deplorable
department said the farm owners were cooperating, and that
the investigation is expected to take at least several days
— potentially weeks — to complete.