DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — For the past three weeks, Joseph Guyotte of Dover-Foxcroft, the animal control officer for several Piscataquis County communities, has received some unusual calls from people finding farm animal carcasses along roadsides.
On Wednesday, Guyotte responded to calls about two dead sheep off the Norton Hill Road in Dover-Foxcroft and a dozen lambs that had been thrown over the Milo end of the Medford Trestle.
Two weeks ago, Guyotte said he picked up the carcasses of four calves discarded on the Sebec Village Road.
Guyotte doesn’t believe the deaths of the animals are suspicious; rather, he thinks the animals may have been stillborns or ill. He is irate, however, about how the animals were disposed of.
“I’d like for somebody to wake up. If they want to dispose of this stuff there are means to do so rather than just throwing them out in the woods,” Guyotte said. “I’m out here on my place and I’ve got some cows. I wouldn’t for heaven’s sake take them somewhere and throw them out in the woods [if they died]. I’d dig a hole and bury them; that’s humanely, even if you have to hire someone with a tractor to dig a hole.”
Guyotte said he believes the carcasses are the work of farmers who should know better. It is possible, he said, that the individuals involved could be prosecuted if anyone witnessed them dumping the carcasses.
Because Medford is outside of his jurisdiction, Guyotte said he referred the baby lamb carcasses found there to Medford town officials.