Three counts of animal torture have been charged against two 17-year-old Michigan boys after they allegedly used a broken steel bar to beat and kill two pregnant cows and a bull.
Menominee County Sheriff, Kenny Marks told the Chicago Tribune his office was called by farm owner Gary Niarhos early Monday morning after he found a pool of blood in a corral when he went to feed his animals. The cattle had been herded into a chute where they were beaten and impaled with a steel rod and shovel.
Sheriff Marks told the Daily Press, “It was a pretty bad deal there. We haven’t seen anything like this in a while.”
The initial investigation revealed that two 2-year-old pregnant heifers and a 2-year-old bull named “Bubs” had been stabbed several times and impaled with a steel bar. Marks explained two teenage boys allegedly corralled the animals into a cattle chute, which is used for vaccinations, and then tortured the animals by repeatedly stabbing them. The abuse took place during the night on Sunday.
Nicholas Leisner and Peter Sauve were arrested for the crime and arraigned on Tuesday. Both 17-year-olds were visiting a camp next door to the Niarhos farm.
The sheriff blamed the torture on “vindictive behavior” and the “illegal consumption of alcohol.”
The two pregnant cows were injured so badly they had to be euthanized. Bubs the bull, is being treated for life-threatening injuries that include “knife wounds and a broken backbone and jaw.”
The teens were initially held in the county jail, but each has been released after making bail. Each charge against them for killing and torturing an animal is punishable by up to a maximum of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Niarhos said, “I’m sitting here to see how it plays out in court. I hope the court does what they’re supposed to do.”
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