Fatally scorched calf has northeast Ohio community speaking out

(Story has been updated to include additional reward information)

Oct. 28

LISBON, Ohio — The reward for information leading to an arrest in the Columbiana County calf burning case keeps growing, and has now surpassed $12,000.

Ed and Tammy Sabol, of Lisbon Road, found the 220-pound heifer calf Sept. 30, barely alive and suffering from burns to her hide and flesh across a large portion of her back and lower body. The calf was taken to a local veterinarian, where it was was euthanized.

Andy Sweeney, a detective with the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been no arrests made but he continues to receive case information and is following up with what he has.

The reward is being handled by Glenn and and Patte Boros, owners of Auto Spa car wash in Canfield. They are taking pledges and said no money will be rewarded until an arrest and conviction are made.

More than 30 people have donated, including $2,500 each by the Columbiana County Farm Bureau and Columbiana County Humane Society.

If you have information about the case, call the Columbiana County Sheriff’s office at 330-424-7255, and ask for detective Sweeney. If you’d like to pledge money for the reward, call the car wash and leave a message, at 330-702-9393.

Oct. 2.

LISBON, Ohio — A Columbiana County couple is searching for answers after finding one of their beef calves severely burned while grazing on pasture.

Ed and Tammy Sabol, of Lisbon Road, found the 220-pound heifer calf Sunday morning barely alive and suffering from burns to her hide and flesh across a large portion of her back and lower body.

They wrapped her in blankets and rushed her to the local veterinarian — David (Doc) Smith — who estimated the calf had been burned sometime Friday, Sept. 28, with an accelerant. Smith said the calf was missing some of its hide and was infested with insects. He decided the best thing was euthanasia.

“I was literally amazed that the calf survived that long,” he said. “It was basically in a state of shock.”

Mother’s reaction

The Sabols said the mother cow has taken the loss hard, pacing back and forth and bellowing loudly for her calf to return.

When they got the calf back from the vet, the Sabols placed it with the mother cow, to show her it was dead.

“She’s finally accepted it,” Tammy Sabol said. “We left the calf with her a few hours so she could have a closing, so she didn’t continually look and holler and scream.”

Tammy Sabol said her cattle are tame and a person can easily walk up to them, even on pasture. The Sabols later found part of a cow’s tail in the pasture, which they said had been cut from the mother cow.

The abuse has outraged area residents and business owners, so much that they’ve teamed together to offer a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Glenn Boros and his wife, Patte, owners of Auto Spa car wash, have pledged $1,000 to the cause and are handling the reward. No money will be paid or collected until an arrest is made.

“When I saw that cow on TV searching for her baby, it just broke my heart,” Patte Boros said. “It’s just horrible.”

The Columbiana County Farm Bureau is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved. The organization said it “denounces” this act.

History of issues

This is not the first time the Sabols have lost an animal to abuse. A couple years ago, one of their cows was shot and had to be put down.

The Sabols raise 24 head of beef and keep the animals on pasture. This year, they expanded their pasture acreage because of the drought, to provide additional grazing opportunity.

No suspects have been named, but the Sabols said they are concerned about a neighboring baseball field, where young people often gather at night.

Ed Sabol said he appreciates the kids who play ball there, but wishes they would put up the cables when they leave.

If you have information pertaining to this case, call the Columbiana County Sheriff’s office at 330-424-7255. For more about the reward program, contact Glenn Boros at 330-702-9393.

About the Author

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties. More Stories by Chris Kick

2 Comments

  1. Woody says:

    As a retired former farmer and volunteer at the local county animal shelter and humane society, I find this appalling. This is what happens when you have people born and bred then suckled and nutured on violence, pain, domination, and cruelty from day one: violent families, violent upbringing (if any at all), violence promoted and celebrated on TV, movies, radio, Mp3s, and a culture of death and violence.

    Here’s the scary part: every mass murderer has, one time or another, tortured and abused animals. I can only imagine what next “fun” these inhuman creatures who did this are planning for us.

    Oh, you don’t think EVIL exists in the world..?? THINK AGAIN!

    My thoughts and prayers to Ed and Tammy and their entire family and farm.

    • hutch says:

      this is scary enough but what did it take for the folks down here in muskingum/coshocton county to set that girl afire a couple of weeks ago. you have to wonder where humanity is moving to in the future, and how long is GOD going to tolerate us. aggressiveness seeems to be a normalcy. this past fri afternoon i was nearly forced into a white trash physical altercation, i did avoid the physical part but done something stupid myself and it is going to cost my family financially, not to mention my embarrasment. every day my faith in GOD and humanity gets chipped away

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