Animal abuse in Marshall County

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, OK - In Marshall County, authorities move in and seize several head of starving cattle. While these are serious allegations of animal cruelty, Teddy Safo explains this story does have a happy ending.

"These cows are so hungry they are eating the search warrant. I attached a search warrant to the fence to show it had been served. The cows are so hungry they are eating it right behind me."

That warrant allowed authorities to seize at least 30 cows belonging to Marshall County Resident Nathan Noah.

Noah chose not to talk to us or to authorities about the seizure, but the condition of his cattle tells the whole story, many of them with protruding bones and ribs.

Deputy Weldon Stubblefied even pointed out one cow that had died in Noah's pasture. "Being he is not happy with his own cattle, Marshall County will be glad to take care of them for him."

Authorities believe for the last 3-months these cows have been eating nothing but weeds and dirt just to survive; a sight neighbor Paul Mcgranahan says is tragic. Mcgranahan says the weakened cattle were attracting coyotes, vultures and other scavengers looking for their next meal. “Local wildlife is getting a real boost to their economy but at the cost of these poor cattle."

But for these cows a happy ending. Deputies called a local rancher who drove out a truck carrying hay for the cows to eat. They will be fed for about a month, while still on Noah's property, but once they are nourished enough to move, deputies will move the cows to a safe location.

"The weather is warming up. It’s starting to get a little bit of green out in here and that is going to help them. I think they will be alright."

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  • by Sad Location: TX on Mar 7, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    I hate seeing these sad stories of animal abuse. Animals are so innocent and depend on us to care for them and keep them nourished. I am glad they were found and are getting the necessary food they needed. But we must not forget the thousands of other cases out there that have not been identified yet. Starving chained dogs, malnourished horses, and abused and neglected cattle. The list goes on and on. It is our job as Humans to call in any cases of suspected animal abuse, any and every time we see it. If we don't who will?
  • by audrey Location: gainesville on Mar 6, 2008 at 04:10 PM
    Why have animals if you can't afford to feed them. How would you like to starve. Animals have a heart just like us humans do.
  • by Anonymous Location: Marshall County on Mar 6, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    I was under the impression the owner of these cattle had someone watching over him, his place, finances, etc. Shouldn't that be who law enforcement goes after?
  • by tonya Location: byan co. on Mar 6, 2008 at 03:34 AM
    I'll take them and take care of them. Would love to increase my heard.
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