PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A video that is circulating on Facebook shows another animal that appears to be in bad health at the Alabama State Fair in Pelham. The post describes the animal as “about to die” with “blood leaking from its eyes.”
Pelham Police later Monday released a statement, saying police responded to the scene and did not observe the animal to be in that condition.
Pelham Police posted the following statement to Facebook, despite CBS 42’s requests to speak to us in person.
Now that Alabama Fair is closed, we want to address the numerous complaints our department received about the petting zoo and let you know how we responded.
The first complaint involved a dead goat. It was received Saturday, September 29th. Officers working at the fair responded to the area immediately, but the goat had been removed. We began our investigation at that time, and the determination was made that the goat died of an injury caused by another animal. The owner of the petting zoo was required to produce all of the animals’ veterinary records as part of that investigation.
From that point forward, officers monitored the health and well being of all the animals in the petting zoo. Officers in uniform and in plain clothes observed them several times a day. The animals always had food, water, shelter and bedding. At no time did our officers observe any animals being mistreated, abused or neglected that would rise to the level where we could take action under state law.
On Saturday, October 6th, we received a complaint about a miniature cow that was bleeding from its eyes and sitting in its own feces. Officers responded immediately to the area to check on the cow, and it was not in the condition that was reported to us. It was standing, did not appear to have feces in its fur, and its eyes were not red in any way.
Petting zoos are permitted under Alabama law. If anything, these animals were overfed. We want to reiterate that at no time did our officers observe any animals being mistreated, abused or neglected that would rise to the level where we could take action under state law.