- North Carolina, USA -
Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields announced the arrest of 54-year-old TERRY LENDON WILLIAMS (pictured below).
According to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, on Tuesday, February 23, deputies along with a Moore County Agriculture Extension Agent were dispatched to Brown’s Chapel Road outside Robbins after receiving a report about dead cows in a pasture.
Deputies discovered several cows who had sadly died and others who were malnourished.
Deputies then investigated two other pastures that WILLIAMS was known to raise cattle on and in the pasture on Lakey Siding Road, they found another deceased cow.
Chief Deputy Richard Maness told The Fayetteville Observer that the agent who went to the properties described some of the surviving cows as being extremely emaciated.
The Moore County Sheriff’s Office immediately made arrangements for multiple bales of hay to be delivered to each of the pastures where the remaining cows were located, and, as reported by the Sheriff’s Office, “Observation and care of the cattle is ongoing.”
The following day, Wednesday, February 24, deputies arrested WILLIAMS and charged him with nine counts of Felony cruelty to animals.
The Sheriff’s Office said that WILLIAMS “was confined to the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000.00 secured bond. He is also being held under a $275,000.00 civil contempt order for failing to comply with a previous court order.”
His court appearance has been scheduled for March 31, in Moore County District Court.
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