The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man for failing to care for his animals after finding four dead and sick calves on his property.
Deputies encountered David Damschroder, DOB 2/21/50, 16419 Winburn Place, Sarasota, around 10:30 a.m., Monday, after receiving a report of a suspicious person in his neighborhood. During the investigation, Damschroder took deputies to his home but his demeanor changed and he attacked them. When he was taken into custody, Damschroder he said he had dairy calves in the back pasture. When deputies went to check on the animals they found two dead calves and two that were weak and sickly.
The two sick calves are being treated at West Coast Veterinary Center/Braden River Equine, where they are doing well today but are still in need of medical care.
Damschroder is 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.