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Cow with missing eye, rotting face, suffering in North Carolina

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A cow, with a missing eye and a face which is rotting, is suffering in Lillington, North Carolina. A concerned resident in the area got close enough this week to see the extent of the cow’s suffering and she was appalled.

The woman, whose name is being kept private, described what she saw on the fence-line along Lemuel Black Road on Tuesday:

After picking up the kids today she was right along the fence line and I could finally see. Her entire orbit of her eye is gone and the whole side of her face is rotted through. This rancher, I have seen multiple times a day out there and in no way could he not have known or noticed. She is literally wasting away

She added, “I’ve turned it over to authorities at this point and will follow up Thursday.”

Cow is suffering

The woman reached out to the local animal control agency about the suffering cow…she was told that, “they called his vet and it’s “being treated” until the eye can be removed.” The comment baffled the woman because the cow’s eye is literally gone…

Adding insult to injury, the animal control officer stated that the cow was nursing a calf right now, so they “didn’t want to do anything.” The implication is that the cow will be allowed to suffer until the calf is weaned, and then she will be killed. The man that spoke to the concerned woman wound up hanging up on her.

No animal should be subjected to this type of suffering.

The animal control responsible for this area is the Harnett County Animal Control:

Staff emails at this link. Note – the woman spoke with program manager, Steve Berube.

Address: 1100 McKay Place, Lillington, NC 27546





4 replies
  1. Darla says:

    Heaven forbid they euthanize a nursing cow. That’s money down the drain. (Please note this is said with extreme sarcasm.) She has to be suffering tremendously based on the pictures.

  2. dianaroby02 says:

    The cow has been destroyed. Here is the email response I got…

    Thank you for your concern about the cow missing one eye that you read about in Pet Reports. Animal Services only became aware of the cow yesterday and we always take any animal neglect seriously. Animal Services started investigating into the allegations of the cow this morning. After speaking with the treating vet of the cow’s injury and the vet stating that he was treating the cow and she was not in any pain at the moment. We always take any animal neglect incident seriously and thus we began investigating the allegations this morning. Investigators spoke with the treating veterinarian who explained the animal was in no pain. We respected the veterinarian’s treatment plans, decision and recommendation. However, because of increasing public outcry the owner of the cow euthanized the animal as was his right as property owner.

    Thank you again for your concerns in this matter.

    Steve Berube
    Program Manager
    Harnett County Animal Services
    Phone 910-814-2952
    Fax 910-814-0438

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Susan Brummett []
    Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 2:03 PM
    To: Steve Berube
    Subject: Your job

    I am writing you to please do the job you were hired for and save this cow, in the attached article, from the pain and suffering she’s obviously going through. Her eye needs to be removed now, not after she’s done nursing her calf, when she’s more likely to be destroyed instead of being treated for her injury.

    Please help this cow. The world is watching. Thank you.

    Diana Roby


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