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Police investigating animal dragging incidents

December 22, 1997

Police investigating animal dragging incidents

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the deaths of a pregnant cow and a bull calf found along the sides of roads in Antrim Township. The animals were tied by their necks and dragged behind vehicles, police said.

The bull calf was found Saturday on the gravel shoulder of Grant Shook Road in Greencastle, police said.

It had a thin metal chain wrapped around its neck and was dragged "some distance" between the hours of 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, according to state police Trooper Philip Payes, who investigated the incident.

It was unknown if the calf was dead before it was dragged on the road, police said. The calf had no identifying marks and the owner was unknown, police said.

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Last month, a pregnant cow was found on Coseytown Road in Greencastle with a rope around its neck, said state police Trooper Michael Gantt, who investigated the case. It was dragged more than a mile from Worleystown Road to Coseytown Road, he said.

But the cow probably didn't die as a result of being dragged, Gantt said.

"It looked like the cow was dead for awhile before someone dragged it," Gantt said, because of the decay and smell.

Police believe the two animals may have been retrieved from a nearby business that hauls dead animal carcasses from area farms since there have been no reports of missing animals, Gantt said.

A spokesman from Valley Proteins Inc. of Grant Shook Road said he knew nothing of a police investigation or missing animals from the property.

A cruelty to animals charge cannot be filed if the animals are dead before being dragged, Gantt said.

Anyone with information about the incidents can contact the state police in Chambersburg, Pa., at 1-717-264-5161.

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