Investigators arrived at the Greencastle auction at 4:00pm. When observing the outside “slow pen”, investigators noticed that there were several cows that were emaciated and had full udders. Some of them had a red dollar sign pained on their bony hips, apparently someone thought that was funny. No food or water was available.
Inside the auction many of the pens were overcrowded causing the animals to fight and step on each other in order to be able to move around. The handling of the animals by the auction workers was poor, they were hitting the animals hard with wooden moving sticks, pulling them by their tails and dragging them by their legs. Investigators noticed a small calf unable to use his left hind leg, most likely due to an injury. Despite his condition, workers moved the calf though the auction ring, hobbling on three legs. It was heartbreaking.
Animals’ Angels will continue to monitor this auction.