Farmers ordered not to sell livestock

July 22, 2006|By LIZ F. KAY | LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTER

A U.S. District Court judge issued an emergency temporary restraining order yesterday to prevent two Carroll County livestock farmers from slaughtering animals and selling them to the public.

Carroll Schisler Sr., 60, and his son, Carroll Schisler Jr., 34, face federal charges for operating a slaughterhouse without a license as well as animal cruelty charges in the county. The 112-acre Marston farm, outside New Windsor, has been under quarantine since early spring, after a pig was found to have trichinosis.

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors told Judge Andre M. Davis yesterday that the owners have continued to slaughter and sell meat after they were ordered to stop for violating federal meat and poultry inspection laws.

According to court documents, inspectors from the federal Department of Agriculture observed vehicles leaving the farm July 15 with bags and coolers of meat. Drivers of those vehicles told the inspectors they purchased three live goats and a live sheep that were then slaughtered.

Roland Walker, attorney for the elder Schisler, said that the younger Schisler primarily operated the livestock farm.

Walker said last night that he hadn't had a chance to discuss the restraining order with his client. However, "he has been very compliant. He's cleaned up his act tremendously," Walker said.

The younger Schisler's attorney, Daniel H. Green, could not be reached for comment last night.

The Schislers were arrested after a Carroll County grand jury indicted the two men earlier this month on 19 counts that included charges of animal cruelty and sale of contaminated meat.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in U.S. District Court on civil charges filed by the USDA against the Schislers for operating a slaughterhouse without a federal license.

liz.kay@baltsun.com

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