State Police: No Animal Cruelty Violations at Northumberland County Farm

SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- 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 late last month. A veterinarian was with them. They checked all of the barns and interviewed the farmers who own the land and the cows.

Troopers say they did not find anything to warrant animal cruelty charges against the farmers.


  • Lucy Post

    Abuse, suffering, and death are the norm in the dairy industry and all industries where living beings are used for their flesh, fur, or secretions. The best way to spare animals from tremendous cruelty is to simply go vegan.

    • lickerblisters

      Oat milk might sound like a good alternative to cow’s milk but do you realize how many innocent rodents are brutally killed during the planting and harvesting process of the oat crop?

  • Craig Shapiro

    Maybe the police need to go back and look at the video again. Since the authorities won’t protect cows, we can by choosing humane, healthy plant-based milks and other non-dairy products.

  • straubdavid9

    This is not the 1st time that PETA has tried to get Reitz farm in trouble for animal cruelty …. nothing underhanded was found last time either. Once PETA puts a target on your back, they are relentless. They should be called PITA (Pain In The Azzez).

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