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Officials investigating illegal dumping of dozens of dead sheep

Posted at 12:11 PM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 07:31:44-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — 23ABC News has been following an illegal dumping of dead sheep near Sherwood Avenue in McFarland.

The family who owns the private property first told 23ABC News Friday that someone had dumped dozens of dead sheep into a pit on their property. Kern County Public Health Officials and Kern County Animal Services and control crews were out at the scene early Saturday morning investigating.

23ABC News was also out at the scene and spoke to the family who owns the property.

During the investigation the property owner’s son, 22-year-old Seth Johnson, told 23ABC’S Noelle Lilley in part that the family originally purchased the property for their cattle, but now they have no choice but to postpone their plans until the dead sheep are removed and the investigation is concluded.

Johnson also told 23ABC News that because of the location of the dump his family cannot remove the carcasses themselves because part of the dump is on a different owners property. The Johnson family has tried contacting the other property owners and has not heard back yet.

According to Kern County Animal Services investigators calculated approximately 100 sheep carcasses at the scene Saturday morning. According to Kern County Animal Services and control crew investigators they are not sure if the sheep were legally owned or if the sheep were killed intentionally.

According to Johnson whomever dumped the dead sheeps left tags on the carcasses which allow investigators to potentially trace back the suspect. Property owners also said they are now considering putting surveillance on the land in case the suspect makes another dump attempt.