My Price County
Registered: Apr 09, 2019
| OGEMA: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OPENED REGARDING DEAD LIVESTOCK -- UPDATED 6-7-2019
June 7, 2019 UPDATE
On June 3, 2019, Price County Law Enforcement responded to an anonymous report of animal mishandling at a farm located on Fryk Lane in the Township of Ogema. Officers found numerous dead animals on the farm that were not properly buried. Staff from various Price County departments responded to the farm to assess the living animals and properly dispose of dead animal carcasses. A veterinarian was called in to evaluate the health status of animals on the farm. Two animals were euthanized, and all animal carcasses were buried on-site. One dog required medical care and was removed from the farm by the county's animal control officer.
On June 6th, a veterinarian with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) inspected the animals and, as of that date, found no evidence of any serious or unusual contagious livestock diseases.
The county is working with the farm owners to help provide proper care for the remaining animals. There is an ongoing investigation into potential charges of violating state law and county ordinances pertaining to proper animal care, abandonment of animals, and disposal of dead animals.
June 6, 2019 INITIAL STORY:
On Tuesday, June 4, the Price County Highway Department brought in heavy equipment to bury several dead cows and sheep that were found on a farm in Ogema.
Months prior, neighbors reported the farm had livestock that was loose. Police officers were dispatched to issue a citation and discovered the need to open a criminal investigation, which is currently ongoing.
The farm is owned by a family who lost their home and 4 year old son in a fire earlier this year.
We will update this story with more information as it becomes available, so please check back.
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[Edited by My Price County on Jun 08, 2019 at 05:45 AM]