After an extensive investigation, the Bucks County SPCA (BCSPCA) removed 8 dairy cattle from a rural property in Tinicum Township on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Animal cruelty charges are pending against the owners of the animals, Scott and Edith Frye.
“We worked hard to get the owners of these cows and calves to correct the situation. But despite orders to provide dry bedding and adequate food and water daily, the animals’ conditions continued to decline,” said Chief Humane Society Police Officer Nikki Thompson. The 3 adult females, 2 bull calves and 3 female calves were found to be living in filthy wet stalls with only limited access to a depleted pasture and no supplemental hay within reach.
Officer Thompson served a search warrant, and with assistance from the Tinicum and Bedminster Police Departments, BCSPCA staff and volunteers transported the emaciated cows to BCSPCA’s pasture and barn in Quakertown. Our shelter veterinarian is working closely with a bovine specialist from Quakertown Veterinary Clinic who examined of each animal on-site before transport and is directing the recovery plan for the cows.
“The Bucks County SPCA strongly objects to inhumane treatment of any animals, including farm animals. For more than 100 years we’ve been rescuing animals like these and providing them with the proper care and attention they deserve,” said Linda Reider, executive director of the BCSPCA. “Staff and volunteers have readied our barn and our pasture fencing has been fortified thanks to the quick work of Landis Fence. Now the work of recovery and medical care can begin.”
The community can help by donating toward the cost of food, veterinary services and other expenses required to care for the cows. Donations can be made online at www.bcspca.org/donate-online or by check sent to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Designate your gift for “Tinicum Cow Rescue.”