Judge: Animals to Remain in Custody of the State


“They were the walking dead.”

That’s how one official described the horses and cows on Leslie Midcap’s farm.

Dr. Jim Radcliffe, testified there is a veterinary assessment scale of body condition, of one to ten, ten being the best.

He said most of Midcap’s animals would have scored a zero. He said the very best of them….would have only scored a two.

This came out in a civil hearing this morning in magistrate court.

When the humane officer seizes someone’s animals, the owner has the right to a hearing– and Midcap opted to have the hearing.

But it didn’t go his way.

In the end, Magistrate Mark Kerwood ruled that the animals will remain in custody of the state.

There are now 23 horses, with all the mares in various stages of pregnancy. An unknown number of cows are still on the property, but they are being fed by the county on-site.

While deputies were executing the search warrant on the Midcap farm, they discovered three children living in deplorable conditions– without water or electricity.

Those children, ages 2, 8 and 14, were removed from their parents.

Their father, Brandon Midcap, was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on three counts of child neglect. That hearing was continued. 

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