2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Was Arrested For Being A FarmerIf it can happen to Joshua Rockwood, it can happen to you.
The Glenville, N.Y., farmer was arrested in March during a
period of cold weather for having livestock in an unheated
barn, a frozen waterer, and for allowing free-range pigs to
forage outside on a winter day. He faces 13 counts of animal
cruelty after police made two visits to his farm. Police say
the sheep, cows, pigs and horses were in unheated shelters
and did not have enough food. And the waterers were frozen
and feces were found in the ice atop the waterers.
More than 200 friends and supporters fl ooded the courtroom
for Rockwood’s initial appearance, most saying it could just
as easily have been them. No one knows who instigated the
investigation - accusers can remain anonymous - but they
do know some of Rockwood’s animals were taken to a local
“rescue” farm which says it has now racked up charges of
nearly $8,000 boarding the animals - a fee they say Rockwood
will have to pay to get his animals back.
Police say a veterinarian accompanied them to the farm but
Rockwood and his supporters say two other vets inspected his
animals and that they were well-fed and hydrated. Supporters
have raised more than $50,000 at a “GoFundMe” website and
many others have gone out of their way to visit the Rockwood
farm to buy his meats. Most say the accusations - untrimmed
hooves on one animal and unheated shelters - are charges any
rural livestock producer could face at one time or another.
To read more about the case, go to Google.com and search
up “Joshua Rockwood animal cruelty charges”.
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