Sarasota deputies seize cattle; neglect charges could be filed



Oct. 6, 2021


SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies say they seized 33 malnourished cattle from an 11-acre property and their owner was arrested Monday.


According to the sheriff’s office, a local rancher alerted them to a possible case of animal neglect at a property at Lorraine and Fruitville roads.


Agricultural Unit deputies found 33 cattle, including several calves, without access to proper food or water. One of the cattle was dead upon deputies’ arrival.


The property was primarily dirt with little to no grass or vegetation, a report said. Round bales of hay could be seen on the other side of the fence however, none of the animals were able to access it.


Deputies seized the entire herd; they are now being cared for at the agency’s Animal Services facility. Several appear severely malnourished, many with visible spines and bones.


The cattle’s owner...