The Journal News reported Wednesday that an older, slender white male was seen dumping a sudsy, fizzling, “bleach-type“ substance in the drinking water of over 20 horses at the 4-H barn of the Butler County Fair, in Hamilton, Ohio, during the overnight hours. While no horses died, at least one was reported as having drank the water and suffered red, swollen (irritated) gums. Butler County Sheriff detectives are investigating this alleged poisoning attempt. If the suspect is caught, he faces a criminal mischief charge, which is a first-degree misdemeanor. Any leads should be called into the Butler County Sheriff’s office at (513) 785-1300.
This news, on the heels of an ongoing investigation into the horrible animal deaths and mutilations on May 8 in Reily Township, Ohio (just south of Oxford) on Gray Road. Farm owner, Brittany Kolb, told Fox19 “this” all started when she found two equipment batteries had been stolen from her family’s farm. After taking a closer look at her animals, she realized the problem was much more serious. WCPO Channel 9 reports on the Kolb farm animals, saying:
the attacker(s) may have used a hatchet or an ax to mutilate 11 farm animals, four of which were sheep that were killed, four sheep badly sliced, one goat that had been cut on, and two horses with slashed necks, wounds so deep you could fit your hand into.
Reily Township Trustees told the Oxford Townie there had been a rash of thefts and vandalism that had plagued the area in the six weeks prior the the animal cruelty, including theft of 25 road signs stolen over two nights, and disturbing and obscene graffiti written in blood under the window of one residence. Kolb and her neighbors wonder if these incidents could be related. Although the surviving Kolb farm animals are expected to make a full recovery, the psychological recovery, for both Kolb and her animals, may take years.
Who is terrorizing, mutilating and killing farm animals in Butler County, Ohio? Fox19 reports Kolb and her family have created a Facebook page to try and bring awareness to this and other cases of animal cruelty in Ohio. She’s hoping it may even help law enforcement track down those responsible for harming her animals. According to the Oxford Townie, She is offering a reward to help capture and prosecute the perpetrator(s). Donations to aid the reward fund can be made at US Bank locations under the account “Friends of Kolb Farms”. In the event this fund is not utilized in the form of a reward (in case perpetrator(s) not caught), collected monies will be donated to a non-profit organization. Online donations being accepted on YouCaring. Any information that could help this investigation should be directed to the Butler County Sheriff’s office at (513) 785-1300.
(WARNING: Images posted on Kolb’s Facebook page are graphic).
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