Court favors farm owner in bull, llamas case

Maryland

April 13, 2007|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter

A Carroll County man whose Marston farm was quarantined last April when a pig tested positive for trichinosis successfully appealed two Circuit Court cases yesterday involving three llamas and a bull found unattended near his property on separate occasions.

Carroll L. Schisler Sr. had been found guilty last fall of failing to prevent a bull from leaving his property without attending to it last April, and of failing to restrain the llamas in May.

Schisler appealed the guilty findings because "he had done nothing wrong," said his lawyer Roland Walker.

"The law is clearly in his favor," Walker said. While an owner is required to restrain his animals, Schisler did not own the bull or the llamas. The llamas were Schisler's son's pets, Walker said.

Officials testified that they found the black bull, estimated to weigh 400 to 600 pounds, across the street from the Schisler farm.

Schisler's son, Carroll Schisler Jr., allegedly moved the animal back to the property, saying it belonged to the farm, testified Brian Rupp, the chief animal control officer with the Humane Society. Rupp said the son wouldn't accept a citation issued to his father.

Officials said they found the llamas across the road from the Schisler property. Again, the son herded them back to the farm and refused to accept a citation, according to court testimony.

Schisler and his son are facing various charges in other cases. Those range from animal cruelty to water pollution and illegally allowing the disposal of solid waste, including dead animals.

arin.gencer@baltsun.com

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