vw polo diesel Dozens more dead cattle found at Skagit County farm
A sheriff’s department drone spotted the cows in what neighbor Kevin Gaegon has called a “killing field.”
For Gaegon, the sheriff’s drone investigation was 13 years in the making.
Gaegon complained again in 2009. KING 5 cameras spotted at least one carcass rotting in waters that lead to nearby Padilla Bay, posing a serious public health risk.
Last week, Gaegon captured video of a front loader dumping even more remains.
“We had to actually euthanize one yesterday,
” said Skagit County Chief Deputy Chad Clark. “It looked like it was being eaten by a coyote and was still alive.”
Veterinarians helped identify the sickest of the approximately 200 remaining animals. An estimated 20 to 40 of them were taken to farms where they will be nursed back to health.
It’s unclear how these latest cattle died, but the suspicion is they were malnourished and neglected.
Over the past 13 years, county officials have been heavily criticized for not doing enough to stop the slaughter.
When KING 5 News inquired about the situation on Monday, Skagit County Health Department official Joanne Lynn said,
“I intend to make sure this behavior stops. We will not tolerate it.”