The Sheriff’s Office’s conclusion in the investigation into malnourished and dying sheep at Heritage Ranch was that it found nothing wrong with the mistreatment of these animals, even though the mistreatment was so severe that the animals died.
The owner claimed that he could not reschedule the shearing. But could he have possibly relocated the sheep ahead of the storm? Could he have fed them properly for months prior to the incident? Malnourishment does not happen overnight, it stretches over a long period of time. Since this was all OK per the Sheriff’s Office, then our standards for treatment are definitely too low and need some serious reform, since we obviously cannot rely on individuals to care enough to take steps and do the right thing not to further animals’ suffering.
As Mahatma Ghandi said: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
In this case, we are rating pretty low, people.