Vienna man facing the law in malnourished, dead animals case

Updated, Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012 @ 1:05 a.m.:

George Davis of Vienna was scheduled to appear in the Maries County Associate Court Tuesday morning at 11 for a hearing. This will determine the immediate disposition of the animals seized by the Maries County Sheriff.

The Sheriffâ??s Office has requested Davis be charged with numerous counts of animal abuse, as well as numerous co

unts of improper disposal of a dead animals.

Updated, Sept. 27, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.:

"This is probably the worst case of animal neglect I have ever seen...", Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said.

More than 100 animals were being kept on the rocky 180-acre property north of Vienna.

At least six dead horses were found, and other animals had already decayed to their skeletons.

Thursday morning, Heitman was alerted to the animal neglect after State Department of Agriculture officials received a tip.

He said the animals were simply starving to death.

â??Several horses are dead. We found numerous cow remains and pig remains goat remains as well,â?? Heitman said.

The Missouri Humane Society was called in to take the animals back to their facilities in St. Louis.

Their day started at 5 a.m.

They came with nearly a dozen staff and three horse trailers.

In total, 40 animals were taken away from the farm.

Animal Cruelty Task Force Director Mike Perkins said scenes like this are becoming all to common.

"People try to for the animals thinking they're going to do something good for them and in the long run they are actually hurting the animals they just don't know it," Perkins said.

In this case, he thinks the man was overwhelmed by the number of animals and the financial burden.

â??Reach out for help go to your community for the animals," Perkins said. "I understand pets are very important to everybody, but you have to look at the conditions of the animals and what you can conceivably do for them.â??

The owner's name isn't being released yet because he hasn't been been charged with a crime.

At a hearing next week a Maries County judge will then decide what will happen to animals.


Malnourished animals were taken from a residence north of Vienna so they can receive immediate medical attention.

Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said, "These animals appeared to be starving to death, it was a very disturbing scene."

Members of the Maries County Sheriffâ??s Office, the Human Society of Missouri, and State Animal Investigators from the Department of Agriculture executed a search warrant the a residence, which is located on Highway 63.

Maries County Sheriffâ??s authorities were following up on a report of animal abuse and neglect on Wednesday. Deputies saw several malnourished animals, left without food and water, so they applied for a search warrant to inspect the animals and property.

On Thursday morning, the authorities listed above executed the search warrant.

While inspecting the property, malnourished dogs, goats, pigs, cows, and horses were found. There were also at least six horse remains, as well as numerous cow and pig remains.

The animals' owner has not formally been charged at this time; however, charges are expected to be filed.