Animal abuse or pneumonia?

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DRAPER (ABC4 Utah) –  A case of possible animal abuse is being investigated by Draper police after a month-old calf died. Concerned neighbors broke the story on Facebook; they posted a video showing the two calves, one living and one dead. 

More that one thousand people have now watched the video and many say the animals look too thin and that Draper Animal Control should do more. 

But Animal Control says they are doing everything they can and that the calf died of pneumonia. 

Deputy Chief John Eining said, “There was no indication, what so ever, that there was cruelty or any other neglect that resulted in the death of this calf. It was just an unfortunate thing that this calf was sick and there was nothing we could do to prevent that.” 

Animal control was called by a neighbor multiple times throughout the month of July. This neighbor wishes to remain nameless, but told ABC4 that she feels the calves were not given enough food and that the calf would not have succumbed to pneumonia had it been fed properly. 

Animal Control says that through multiple visits they determined that the calves did have food and water, and the feces on the property indicated sufficient food. They also told ABC4 that there is no regulation or law determining the amount or quality of food for livestock. Animal Control is not trained to specifically determine the amount of food needed or being given. 

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