On Monday, up to 1,000 dead pigs were discovered on an abandoned Fulton County, Pa., farm. The owner left the farm in August, leaving the hundreds of hogs to slowly die of starvation. Among these decayed bodies were also what appeared to be the remains of six calves.
A Humane Society police officer with Better Days Animal League, Dennis Bumbaugh, said he’s never seen anything like it. “I was horrified when I opened the door and saw what I saw,” he stated Tuesday.
The farm is owned by a recently separated couple, Daniel and Kerron Clark. Kerron hadn’t been to the farm since 2008, arrived Monday, and was horrified by the carnage Daniel left.
The 218-acre farm with a listing price of $1.2 million has two hog barns. This is where the pigs spent their miserable, dying days. There is evidence that some tried to escape, and that the few who were successful, didn’t get far before collapsing and dying just outside of the barn. “It was a horrible situation,” Bumbaugh said. “They struggled and fought to get out.”
Not only are pigs intelligent animals, they also are social, protective creatures who make strong bonds with each other. Imagine the anguish they felt not only with the hunger in their stomachs, but also witnessing the slow death and suffering of their brethren.
When Farm Sanctuary, the leading farm animal protection organization in the country, heard of this willful neglect, they called for the individuals responsible to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Union Township Supervisor Gary Sheeder, an acquaintance of Daniel Clark, was appalled upon hearing the news. “This is unbelievable as far as I’m concerned,” he expressed. “I can’t believe, with as many kids as he had, that life didn’t mean more to him.”