State Police: No Animal Cruelty At Northumberland County Dairy Farm

An investigation into reports of animal cruelty at a dairy farm in Northumberland County will not lead to any charges. PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, recently released a video that it claims shows poor conditions for cows at the Reitz Dairy Farm near Shamokin. The claims were reported nationally, including by the Washington Post. A state trooper and the state police animal cruelty officer toured the farm with a veterinarian recently. They checked all of the barns and interviewed the farmers who own the land and the cows. Troopers say they didn’t find anything to warrant animal cruelty charges against the farmers. PETA had also targeted the Reitz Farm about 10 years ago. Back then, charges were filed, but two members of the Reitz family were found not guilty.