Local Vet: Animal abuse case in Gladstone “one of the worst I’ve ever seen”


Animal Abuse in Gladstone

Close to one-hundred horses and cattle found on a Gladstone ranch…starving and standing in their own waste.

Some call it one of the worst animal abuse cases in history.

“We got out of the car and we can smell dead animals.”

That’s how Dr. Kim Brummond of the West Dakota Veterinary clinic in Dickinson desrcibes the scene at a ranch in Gladstone where more than 100 animals were found living in deplorable conditions.

“Starving animals, animals without food, without water, without proper shelter, and animals standing in fecal material that hadn’t been cleaned in years,” she said.

Dr. Brummond called what she saw emotionally disturbing and one of the worst cases of animal abuse in history.

“We had to destroy two animals that we destroyed because of the condition they were in,” Dr. Drummond said. “There were also two different piles of dead animals laying near the house.”

The West Dakota vet clinic is treating a mare and foal that were found on the property.

The rest are still at the ranch in Gladstone.

Dr. Bummond says the foal is doing a lot better but the mother may not ever have a full bill of health.

“She is going to be three to six months recovering she may never recover fully,” she said.

Stark County Sheriff Terry Oestrich says no charges have been filed, but they are still assesing the situation.

“The state’s attorney is reviewing all of the information that we have,” he said. “We can continue to gather information and it is an ongoing investigation.”

This isn’t the first time this man has been accused of animal neglect. When we spoke with Dr. Kim Brummond, she said she treated a horse that was seized from this man’s property a long time ago.

She says she has grave concerns that he’s only going to get a slap on the wrist.

“It’s been two weeks and we have starving and dead animals. What are we waiting for,” she said.

Dr. Brummond says in her 33 years of taking care of animals, she has never seen that many neglected.

The Vet tells us, the two seized horses seized will head to their new owner this weekend.

After hearing of their conditions…They want the horses as soon as possible.

Correction: We reported Dr. Brummond treated a horse a couple of years ago. That was incorrect and it was closer to 10-20 years ago.

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