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Deputies, Humane Society probe abuse of calf

October 3, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - Edward Sabol never imagined finding one of his young calves severely burned on his farm Sunday morning.

"I heard the mother mooing," the Lisbon Road man said. "When I looked down the hill I thought the calf was covered with poop, but as I got closer I saw that it was burned."

The 220-pound female animal was burned so severely that her hide was separated from the body.

Sabol and his wife got the calf on a four-wheeler, loaded it onto a wagon and drove it to large-animal veterinarian, Dr. David Smith's office.

"Dr. Smith said we needed to put the calf down immediately," Sabol said, adding the vet was livid.

"He went off like the Fourth of July," Sabol said.

Smith took photographs and called the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office, the Humane Society of Columbiana County and local media.

It is believed that the calf was burned sometime Friday night.

Sheriff's deputies searched the farm for evidence. Members of the Human Society of Columbiana County also visited the farm and looked for evidence of the assault.

Sabol's wife, Tamara, rode around the farm with Humane Society investigators looking for evidence.

"We did not find much more than was found the first day," Tamara Sabol said on Monday.

Heather Jurina, director of the Humane Society, confirmed the department has been called in to investigate, and would provide details of what has been found.

The estimated value of the calf is $600.

The Sabols said this is not the first time they've had problems with their cows. The couple has 24 beef cattle on the farm.

"Someone shot one of our cows in the head with a .22 rifle a couple years ago," Edward Sabol said. "We've had problems with kids riding their four-wheelers on the property.''

There also have been break-ins.

The couple's 125-acre farm, 6618 Lisbon Road, is located about a mile outside of Lisbon. It has been in Tamara Sabol's family since 1965.

Glenn and Patricia Boros, owners of Canfield Auto Car Wash on U.S. Route 224, have volunteered to donate $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed the crime, according to Morning Journal news partner WKBN Channel 27.

Another anonymous donor committed $500 to the reward.



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