Lisbon Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges

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LISBON – A Lisbon area man has been charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty following an investigation by an agent of the Humane Society of Columbiana County.

In Columbiana County Municipal Court on Monday, a July 18 pretrial was set for Thomas Henry, 69, Shady Lane, Lisbon. The 10 counts of animal cruelty followed two visits to Henry’s home, as well as reports from concerned neighbors.

Court documents allege that on April 21 a county humane agent found numerous live chickens, four to six goats and a calf in a small shed with one dead calf, a decaying goat carcass and a number of dead chickens. There was no food or water.

On May 7, someone reported to the humane officer that Henry was abusing his dog by putting a chain around its neck, yanking it off its feet and punching it in the face, neck and back. At that time, Henry reportedly threatened to shoot the dog.

While executing a search warrant on the property on May 9, the humane officer reportedly found 32 chickens and seven pygmy goats living in a shed without food or water with some of the chickens emaciated or diseased. One chicken reportedly was stuck with its head between the walls of the shed and the other chickens were eating it alive.

Additionally, two dead chickens were found in cages and there were two dead decaying calves and a goat carcass in the shed. A third decaying calf was found on the back porch and a deceased, decaying dog was found outside the entrance to the shed. Two dogs were found tied with chains, without dog boxes or shelters and without food or water.

In an unrelated case, Henry was fined $25 after he pleaded guilty to failure to confine his dog after numerous complaints of it running off his property and nearly being hit by vehicles.

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Calf Found Burned Alive on Lisbon Farm

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“WTF…whoever did this is either trying to settle an old score with the owner of the calf by using premeditated fear, causing harm to his livestock via killing one in such a horrific way; to let the owner know, he means business. OR, he is the SADISTIC OPPRESSOR, WHO ENJOYS INFLICTING HARM & CAUSING HIDEOUS INJURIES, to ANY SENTIENT BEING.”
“These lowlife’s are SICK & EVIL, they enjoy what they do! When the poor animal, they have abused is eventually found & the media picks up the story;  they are thrilled at the reaction, their heinous misery has caused.  And as we know from past experiences, the animal abuser, doesn’t always stop at animal abuse…he can move on to children & adults…Just keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour, especially between older siblings & the younger one’s…bully’s are clever…but not clever enough to not get caught!”
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A calf was burned alive on a Lisbon farm sometime on Friday.The owner of the farm did not discover the 220 lbs. baby female cow until Sunday. The cow walked around the farm in agony for a day and a half.  Farm owner Edward Sabol discovered the tortured animalafter taking a head count of his cattle.”I found the calf in the field and it didn’t look the right colour,” Sabol said.Sabol drove the calf to a local veterinarian, who confirmed that someone poured accelerant on the animal and set it on fire.“He said it was either lighter fluid, gasoline, some kind of flammable liquid,” said Sabol.Sabol said he can’t imagine who would do such a thing, but said he’s had problems in the neighbourhood.

“I always seem to have problems with the kids with the baseball field across the street,” said Sabol.

This isn’t the first time he’s lost a cow from a vicious act of violence. Two years ago someone shot one of his other cows.

Friends who have known the family for years can’t believe they’re experiencing a similar tragedy.

“I know there’s nobody around that takes better care of their animals than what they do. I can’t imagine why somebody would do this unbelievably cruel thing,” said neighbour Jim Fraser.

After the calf was put down Sunday, Sabol reported the incident to the Columbiana Sheriff’s Office.

“I would like to see the people   , or that they could actually see what they have done to a living animal,” said Sabol.

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