Arrests still pending as WV State Police investigate animal neglect case on large Taylor County farm


UPDATE(5/16/19 11:53 a.m.)

Since a number of animals were removed from a Taylor County farm, during the execution of a State Police search warrant in April, 12 News has been following the investigation into the case.

As of Thursday, May 16 at 12:00 p.m., no arrests have been made in the case, according to West Virginia State Troopers at the Grafton detachment and to Taylor County Magistrate Court officials.

12 News has confirmed that the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office will serve in a special prosecutor role in the case.

Once formal arrests have been made in the case, this story will be updated with further details.

ORIGINAL STORY(4/25/19 12:15 p.m.)

West Virginia State Police recently executed a search warrant on a large farm in Taylor County after complaints of animal neglect.

While executing the search warrant, on April 20, on a 687 acre property in the Thornton area, state troopers found several neglected horses and cows and the carcasses of some dead animals, according to a state police spokesperson.

Two days later, three different animal rescue groups arrived and removed 20 neglected horses, troopers said.  A cow that could not stand, due to severe neglect, had to be put down by a veterinarian, according to state police.

An investigation is ongoing and charges against the owner are pending, state police said.

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