More dead goats found at farm of pair charged with cruelty

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Steve Jensen, CT Dept. of Agriculture

CORNWALL – The melting snow has revealed the frozen carcasses of more than a dozen more dead goats at a Cornwall farm whose operators have been charged with animal cruelty.

More than 70 dead animals have been found at the Butterfield Farm Co. since the state Department of Agriculture seized 74 sickly goats from the property in January.

Farm owner Buddy Hurlburt tells The Republican-American that carcasses have been turning up in “nooks and crannies” of the property.

According to the Dept. of Agriculture most of the animals died before their first visit to the farm in December 2014.

“During a series of subsequent visits as part of the investigation, inspectors discovered and documented mortalities that were initially hidden from view, but that had occurred prior to our first inspection,” Dr. Bruce Sherman, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, with the Dept. of Agriculture said in a statement.

The statement also added that no live goats have been housed at the farm since the seizure of the Butterfield Farm Co. herd on January 16.

Tara Bryson and Michael Hearl, both of West Suffield, are facing prosecution an animal cruelty charges in Bantam Superior Court in Litchfield. They are free on bond and have declined to comment.

The dozens of animals taken from the farm are now at a state animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic.