By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - More than three dozen cows and calves have been seized after the owner failed to comply with Oklahoma City ordinances designed to prevent animal cruelty, according to a local official.

The animals appeared to be malnourished and injured after they were left to stand in floodwater without shelter or hay for weeks, said Julie Bank, the city’s animal welfare superintendent. After several weeks of noncompliance from their owner, a judge granted an order allowing the city to enter the property and seize the cattle, The Oklahoman ( ) reported.

Animal welfare staff members, including two who were on horseback, began rounding up 41 cows and calves on Thursday, Bank said. The animals were underweight with “noticeable injuries, a bunch are limping, some have open wounds,” she said, adding that the bones of at least one dead animal were found.

“We definitely have animals that need medical attention,” Bank said.

The cattle were brought to the city’s animal shelter, where they were examined by veterinarians, given food and water, and provided with shade.

Someone had contacted the city to report poor conditions on the property, located near a stream called Cow Creek, but the cattle don’t belong to the landowner, Bank said.

The animal welfare division has issued 45 animal cruelty citations and plan to present the results of its investigation to prosecutors, she said.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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