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."