A veterinarian has recommended the seizure of livestock owned by a Viola man, accused of allowing animals to starve to death near water and food.
"The air smelled of decaying flesh and there were flies everywhere," Latah County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Jarvis wrote in an affidavit filed with the court July 17. He visited Alan Terry Walser's farm after receiving a tip about potential animal cruelty.After contacting the Humane Society and the state brand inspector, Jarvis and Scott Barnes of the North Palace Veterinary Clinic investigated three pieces of property owned or cared for by Walser.
"Dr. Barnes showed me some of the carcasses that had bailing twine in their stomachs because there was nothing else to eat," Jarvis wrote.
The men reported seeing dead pigs and cows, or live ones without food or water. Dogs were gnawing on cow hides.
"The number of animals rotting above ground poses a threat to both animal and human beings," Barnes wrote.
Walser appeared in court Monday to face three misdemeanor charges of permitting animals to go without care.
"There's no reason to have a vet, everything's healthy out here now," Walser said Tuesday. "I think it's just some kind of smear and I'm getting tired of it."