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Case ID: 19955
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cow, sheep, goat
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Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013

County: Sandusky

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Thomas Linke

The Humane Society of Sandusky County is looking for hay donations to tend to the 15 farm animals confiscated from a Woodville barn Tuesday.

A total of 15 animals -- 12 goats, two cattle and one sheep -- were placed into foster homes Tuesday when the humane society confiscated the animals during a search.

A Sandusky County sheriff's deputy said animal owner and Woodville resident Thomas Linke, 73, intentionally rammed his Chevrolet Suburban and trailer into a humane society volunteer's Chevrolet Equinox and trailer once he found out humane agents intended to confiscate animals from his farm.

A Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent stood in the path of Linke's vehicle before safely escaping before the crash.

Linke pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of assault of a peace officer and not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business before Sandusky County Court Judge Mary Beth Fiser Wednesday.

Linke also has a pending misdemeanor probation violation charge.

A hearing on the charges is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in County Court No. 2 in Woodville.

Humane society animal cruelty investigator Kelly Askins said she expects to file 15 counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty against Linke today.

Once charges are formally filed, a deputy will serve Linke with a summons, then he'll be arraigned on the new charges.

Askins said a couple of the sheep were placed into a separate stables for individual attention. Askins said many of the animals had hoof problems. She said the confiscated sheep had serious wool issues and could not be properly assessed until sheared.

"We'll still be busy (tending to animals) for a while," Askins said.

The Humane Society of Sandusky County is also looking for someone with equipment and knowledge to shear a sheep.

Call the humane society to donate at 419-334-4517.


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