Sarasota man David Damschroder arrested for failing to care for Holstein calves

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Video: Sarasota man arrested for failing to care for animals


SARASOTA, Florida -- Two newborn Holstein calves are resting comfortably and eating after being rescued from a living hell.

Cops discovered the starving bovines during a property search in Sarasota.

David Damschroder, 63, is their owner. Cops arrested him after finding the animals on his property. They were originally called out to his neighborhood to investigate a suspicious person.

Damschroder reportedly greeted the deputies to help them and took them to his home, but then his demeanor changed. He physically attacked them, according to the police report.

He told deputies he had dairy cows, and when they checked, they found the two sick calves, but also found two dead calves.

Damschroder signed over the sick calves to Sarasota's West Coast Veterinary Center, which is now caring for them, hoping they can be rehabilitated.

Damschroder was charged with four counts of confinement of animals without sufficient food and water, one count of battery on a law enforcement officer, and one count of assault on a law enforcement officer.

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