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Saturday, Mar 5, 2011County: Lebanon
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Alleged: Name Undisclosed
A woman said she found dead and malnourished calves at a local animal auction house.
Now, the Lebanon Humane society is investigating possible animal cruelty charges.
Liz Stefanik lives in Maryland and checks on property her mother owns in Pennsylvania.
She usually stops at a local restaurant for a break, and said she'll never forget what she saw Saturday afternoon.
Stefanik said it's routine for her to stop at Esther's Restaurant for a piece of pie as part of a driving break from Maryland to Pennsylvania.
However it was a sign by the Lebanon Valley Livestock Auction looking for people to remove dead animals that sparked her curiosity.
"Let me just swing by the auction. I've never really been up there. Let me see what this sign is all about," Stefanik said.
Once there Liz found a cow's skull and so much more.
"I see the sign, I see some bones and then I see these dead cows," Stefanik added.
And after more searching around the barn side of the building, she found yet another discovery.
"There were 13 calves in the back of the auction complex. Ten were in one pen. They ran and screamed at us as we approached. No food or water," Stefanick said.
"It's very common at animal auctions to see this. The animals aren't really treated with a lot of respect because they are more of a money maker," said Kevin Gonzalez, of the Lebanon County Humane Society.
Stefanik called the state police and the Lebanon county humane society.
The humane society took a look around the property and now they are trying to work with the owner of the Lebanon Valley Livestock Auction.
"Hopefully the owner is willing to work with us and if not we will do everything in our power legally to bring him to justice," Gonzalez said.
As for Liz Stefanik, she hopes no one will ever have to come across this scene again.
"I don't care if they are cattle. It's not fair to torture them like that," she said.
The Humane Society is looking into animal cruelty charges if the owner does not cooperate.
So far the Humane society has not been able to contact the owner of the auction.
We have also made several attempts and got no answer as well.
- wfmz.com - Mar 6, 2011
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