UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJZ) — Police swarm the house of a Maryland zebra proprietor after he was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.
One after the other, dozens of police vehicles and animal management crews swarmed Jerry Holly’s property in Prince Georges County with heavy equipment in tow.
“It appears like any individual is in huge bother, “ stated neighbor, Raynette.
With binoculars in hand, Raynette hoped to catch a glimpse of the unique animals.
“I hoped to have the ability to use them to see in case they had been off in a distance, “ stated Raynette
WJZ cameras had been rolling Wednesday evening as police shut down Holly’s driveway and used flashlights to look his property.
This all comes simply hours after police charged the 76-year-old zebra proprietor with three counts of animal cruelty.
“I simply suppose that’s horrible,” stated Raynette.
Holly is an unique animal dealer and has about 40 zebras on his property. Three of them escaped again in September and one was discovered tangled in an unlawful snare entice that was set simply toes from the fence line. Investigators say they consider the animal died of dehydration after struggling a number of days within the entice.
Two others are nonetheless roaming round city and being cared for by neighbors.
“We are able to actually see the place the zebras are at and after they’re at, so that they’re nonetheless on the market and we get video of them each day, and we maintain observe of the place they’re at and whether or not they’re wholesome and secure,” stated neighbor, Theodore Mackenzie.
Courtroom paperwork say on Tuesday, police discovered one other zebra useless on the farm giving them sufficient proof to file felony expenses.
“Hopefully they’ll take the animals and take them to a secure place the place they are often higher cared for, “ Raynette added.
Police on scene say officers will use the tools to take away the physique of the useless zebra, whereas animal management will search Holly’s house and your complete space to ensure the opposite animals are being correctly cared for.