Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
George Baldwin hundreds of goats & sheep living in deplorable conditions

Biglerville, PA

Straban Township

September 6, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
  repeat offender 500 goats & sheep Alleged  

The Adams County SPCA, in Gettysburg, PA found hundreds of goats and sheep living in horrible conditions at a home in Straban Township. Almost 500 animals were found hungry, trampled and unable to walk, living in deplorable conditions among baby goat carcasses that appeared to be stomped down and destroyed.

There were rats everywhere and some sheep were stuck in feces and mud. The scenes from the property looked like they were taken from horror movies. Animals living between dead sheep and the man even had a compost pile where he was composting the deceased ones .Hundreds of deceased animals piled up.

Many of the live animals were suffering from arthritis and they were struggling to walk. Animals neglected were simply suffering trough the whole property. Their hooves were not cut and the goats started walking on their knees because of the pain.

The SPCA is planning to request custody of all the animals this week, so not a single one has to suffer any longer. Charges against George Baldwin were filed twice in the last three years.

Photo's courtesy of Katie Tabeling/The Evening Sun

Update 9/9/14:
Animal cruelty charges will be filed against Baldwin of Doug Hill Road, Biglerville, PA

Abigail Avery, shelter manager at the Adams County SPCA said they were tipped off Saturday afternoon by plumbers who left the Biglerville home — horrified by what they saw. She immediately obtained a search warrant and armed with a team of workers, volunteers and state police — went up that same evening.  “When we walked around to survey the scene, I was quite shocked to see the dead ones in with the live ones.

So they took thirty-five goats and sheep — the ones that needed the most care. But on Monday, that number increased to thirty-seven. SPCA workers got a surprise — two baby kids were born.  All of the animals have required medical care.

Update 9/11/14:
At an Adams County SPCA's barn, 36 goats and sheep were chewing on tree branches, laying in the grass and soaking up the sun. After being rescued at a farm in Biglerville on September 6th, the different breeds of goats have been improving in health.  “They're doing wonderfully,” said shelter manager Abigail Avery. “They were originally very scared, and understandably so. But now they're very friendly. They're like pigs in mud.”

Avery said she received a tip from a plumber in the area about a Biglerville resident who was neglecting the animals.
She originally anticipated that there would be 150 to 200 animals at the home. When Avery, along with Pennsylvania State police officer and her team of SPCA employees and volunteers, arrived at the home with a warrant on Saturday, she counted 450- 500 goats.

Avery and her team took 35 of the goats, ones with worst health conditions of the 450. One sheep had developed arthritis from its overgrown hooves and had to be euthanized.  A few days into their stay at the SPCA, one of the goats had given birth to twins. The family was separated from the other goats and given their own pen. One was in such bad shape that she was euthanized.  The group say they found a kid goat at the farm drowning in mud, wailing for its mother. Now, the pair are reunited at the SPCA's barn.

Avery said that the SPCA had trimmed each of the goat's hooves by cutting a little bit at a time, treating the infection. The animals also had been given their rabies and worm shots, and living at the Hanover Shoe Farm barn behind the Adams County SPCA's office.

Avery plans to ask for custody of the goats, including the remaining ones at the Biglerville residence. Seven people have already called and asked the SPCA if they could adopt one of the animals.

“If people want to help, please donate. It was a small fortune to help the goats. Goat feed would be especially welcome.”

No arrests have been made and the SPCA investigation is still ongoing.

The goat's owner, said that he realizes some of the hooves were too long. He said he raises hundreds of goats for slaughter and if the SPCA would've let him, he would've taken them to slaughter instead of having them seized.

Three years ago, the owner did plead guilty to similar animal cruelty charges. Baldwin said that was a mistake and he will fight any future charges.


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