Calves ‘Mooove’ into Auto Garage

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SWOYERSVILLE, Pa. -- There has been a fuss over some farm animals being kept at a business in Luzerne County. The owner has three calves inside her auto garage in Swoyersville.

The mayor says the auto garage is not breaking any ordinances keeping the calves inside the business.

The owner says she brought them there so they don't have to be outside in the freezing temperatures.

This is an unusual home for Elmer, Jersey, and Angus. The three calves just moved into the Grease Monkey Garage in Swoyersville.

And since they got there, one of the garage's owners Raquel Russell says there have been a lot of complaints.

"The zoning officer called us and asked if we had them here, about two weeks ago and asked us if we had them here, and he said that someone recorded them and made a complaint that they weren't taken care of," Russell said.

Swoyersville Mayor Chris Concert took to Facebook to clear up any controversy about the calves. In his post, he says the calves are being well taken care of and the owner of the garage is not violating any ordinances by having them.

"We're not zoned residential, so technically by the town's zoning laws, we're not breaking anything because we're not in a commercial district," Russell explained.

The calves have been here about two weeks, and Russell says they haven't disrupted business at all.

"People hear them mooing and they question if we have cows and you know, we tell them. Some of our customers come out and play with them and pet them and they think it's the greatest thing ever."

Russell and her husband bought the calves at an auction to save them from being slaughtered.

With the freezing temperatures we've had recently, she says the calves wouldn't survive outside.

"They're warm. They're fed. They get fresh food, fresh water every day. People play with them. My kids come in and play with them. They're happy," Russell said.

She invites anyone from the public to visit them at the garage.

"Come see them. If you want to complain about them. Come see them. You'll see how good they are. You'll see how warm they are. They're happy. They're fed and you can play with them whenever you want."

The owner of the Grease Monkey Garage says the calves will only be there for about another month. When it gets warmer, she'll move them to her family's farm.

3 comments

  • Flirting With Reality

    These People go out of their way to buy these calfs from a auction. to save them from death. They Bring them into a Warm Safe Place during Record Breaking Freezing Temps, due to the fact that the calfs would freeze to Death if left outside. They Feed them, and Care for them. Sooooo What happens, a bunch of idiots with nothing better to do, lodge false complaints to the township, to try to get these people in trouble. Mind your own damn buisness, get a real Life, and leave these people and their animals alone. Bottom Line, These caring Compassionate People are Far more Human then you with your false complaints, and Lie’s can ever be.
    Reality is Some People Really SUCK ….

  • questioneverything718

    Hey WNEP, did they tell you about the one calf that died already?? Hmm… that information was left out 🧐

  • Jimbrony

    $10 (that’s all can afford) says the people doing the complaining let their grass grow a foot tall before they cut it, have one or two junk cars sitting on their property, and are always delinquent paying their taxes. They would bitch about the poor calves outside in the ice and bitter cold. Shut up already and mind your own business.

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