A criminal summons has been prepared, listing 36 counts.
A criminal summons has been prepared, which charges A Jefferson man with animal cruelty offenses.
Frederick County Animal Control Director Harold Domer says it all started on or around March 10th, when his office received a complaint about a horse being neglected. Officer Deborah Norris went out to a residence in the 6200 block of Mountain Church Road, and found the horse in bad shape. "It was very, very thin, and had been deprived of food and water," he says.
The horse has been taken to the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, where it's being nursed back to health, according to Domer.
"The investigation by Officer Norris also reflected a dead cow found on the property, and a number dead chickens, as well as 19 chickens that were removed," Domer says.
A criminal summons has been prepared, but Domer declined to name the suspect as the document has not been served. But the Maryland Judicial Case Search website names this person as David Wayne Fisher, 39, whose address is 6220 Mount Church Road. He is charged with 36 counts of animal cruelty, most for depriving the animals of food and water.
A trial date has been set for May 8th.
"In Maryland, in particular, obviously, animals whether they be domestic or livestock, must be provided with sufficient food, water, necessary vet care," says Domer. "And obviously we want to avoid animals unnecessarily suffering or being in pain as a result of not being fed or watered."