Monday, March 4, 2024

Blairstown Farmer Charged With Multiple Counts of Animal Abuse

A Blairstown man is facing animal abuse charges after an investigation by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office and the township police department revealed dead and neglected animals on his farm. 

Ryan Whitmore, 37, who prosecutors said operated a farm he rented on Dean Road, was charged with multiple counts of animal abuse violations on February 24th.

According to County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer, Blairstown police were contacted by the township animal control officer on November 29th of last year about an investigation of the farm. Pfeiffer alleged deceased livestock was found on the property and that an adult cow that was nonambulatory was discovered.

In addition, the floor of a barn was entirely covered with manure and mud with no dry bedding for the animals and that multiple objects that cause injury to the livestock were found in the barn and pastureland. 

Multiple visits to the farm by officials also found no water access for the cows, horses and goats, Pfeiffer said. 

Whitemore was charged with two counts of third-degree failure to provide a living animal or creature with necessary care; four counts of fourth-degree failure to provide a living animal or creature with the necessary care; and 10 counts of disorderly persons. failure to provide a living animal or creature with the necessary care.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.