The herd of “rogue” black Angus cows roaming the area between Madison County Middle School on Hwy. 172 and Brickyard Road has been rounded up and impounded by the county, with the help of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
County animal control officer Erin Gray said officials rounded up the cows and placed them in a local resident’s pasture.
“The county has no truck/trailer/pasture to impound livestock, so we rely on volunteers,” Gray said.
She said as of press time, no has come forward to claim the cows and the ten-day hold required by the state to give an owner the chance to claim them was up on Sunday, so the volunteer who agreed to impound them in his pasture is “now free to either keep the cows or sell them.”
The 20 or so dead cow carcasses and bones were buried by county officials, Gray said.
According to a document obtained by an open records request from the DOA, on Friday, Nov. 18, inspector Ronnie Hix assisted in catching and loading the live cows and in the burial of the dead cows, which were found on the Green Oaks Farm property on Brickyard Road.
“As far as the deceased cows are concerned, I will not be seeking charges,” Gray said Tuesday. “Since I am the only officer, I just do not have the time or manpower to tackle this issue and handle the dog and code enforcement issues of the county. However, I am unsure if the state is going to address this or not.”
But it seems the state will not be addressing the issue of the dead cows either.
Laura Frank, open records representative of the DOA, wrote in an email to The Journal that, “Prosecution generally refers to criminal charges, and that is done at the local/county level. We have nothing pending.”
The Journal reported on the issue two weeks ago, citing numerous incidents, documented by 9-1-1, of cows in the road along both Hwy. 172 at Madison County Middle School and Brickyard Road for over a year.
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