OAKLAND COUNTY (WJRT) (12/13/2018) - A 32-year-old from northern Oakland County is facing animal cruelty and neglect charges after six of 31 pets he was keeping as a petting zoo died.
Oakland County Animal Control Division investigators say the rest of the animals were in poor condition.
Andrew Scott was arraigned Thursday on a charge of cruelty and neglect of 10 or more animals after a two-month investigation.
Scott operates a roadside farm stand and petting zoo in the 4500 block of Ramsey Road in Brandon Township. The investigation started in late October when someone reported a pair of miniature horses appeared thin.
Police, animal control officers and a veterinarian went onto the property on Oct. 25, where they found several animals that appeared too thin.
The vet took fecal samples from the emaciated horses, which came back positive for worms. The vet advised Scott to seek veterinary care, increase the animals' food intake and have them checked again in 30 days.
None of the animals were confiscated on Oct. 25.
Authorities say Scott failed to return messages to schedule another visit 30 days later, so they obtained a second search warrant. During the second visit on Dec. 4, they found two calves, two goats and a rabbit dead.
A third calf died that night.
The remaining seven sheep, six miniature horses, six goats, five rabbits and a donkey on Scott's property were confiscated and sent to a farm that contracts with Oakland County Animal Control to care for sick animals.
Scott pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and was released on $2,500 bond while awaiting further hearings on Dec. 20 and 27. He is not allowed to have any animals while his case proceeds in court.