SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a possible case of animal neglect in Sunrise after they were alerted about dozens of emaciated cows in a pasture.
The owner of the livestock, meanwhile, has been arrested and charged in an unrelated case in Miami-Dade County.
Sunrise Police said a passer-by called them to the property off Hiatus Road earlier this week.
That passer-by, Heather Hall, spoke with 7News on Friday.
“They’re out in the open. There’s burnt grass. There’s nothing there. That’s disgusting,” she said.
Laurie Waggoner with the South Florida chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said dozens of cows were being deprived of nourishment, and several have died.
“This is a very sad situation,” she said.
“They were really disgustingly thin,” said Hall.
When they went deeper into the property, officers found several dead cows.
Video showed a cow dead in the middle of a field, as well as others looking thin and unhealthy.