When the police first arrived at a hobby farm in Chester, Pennsylvania, they didn’t even know about the cows. They’d stopped by to investigate what looked like a dead horse, after a Good Samaritan saw the animal’s body out in a pasture.
The horse, however, turned out to be alive — he’d just been sleeping. But when the police, along with Large Animal Protection Society (LAPS) and Helping Hands for Animals, had a closer look around the farm, they found something far more shocking.
The farmer owned 15 cows, many of whom he’d shown at state fairs and won prizes for. But instead of letting the cows graze out in a pasture, he’d locked the animals, eight of whom were just calves, into a filthy barn that was coated in a thick layer of mud and feces.