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$5,000 reward offered for information about deadly animal attack at Stearns Homestead in Parma

Seven farm animals at Stearns Homestead were were either killed or injured last weekend.
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Stearns Farm in Parma.

PARMA, Ohio — Police in Parma are investigating how seven farm animals at Stearns Homestead were killed and/or injured last weekend.

The Farm Bureau is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information resulting in the conviction of the responsible person(s). 

The incident took place sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 and 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

Anyone with tips is asked to call either the Parma Police Department's dispatch center at (440) 885-1234 or Det. Duganier at (440) 887-7337.

According to Lt. Dan Ciryak with the Parma Police Department, a farm volunteer found a goat dead in a field when she arrived at the farm on Sunday morning.

Another goat and a sheep had to be humanely euthanized due to their severe injuries, and the four other farm animals that were injured were treated by a veterinarian.

Lt. Ciryak said it looks like a knife or sword was used to harm the animals. 

Stearns Homestead is a working educational farm on Ridge Road in Parma.

"Any information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminal activity could be eligible for a substantial reward, offered as part of our Farm Bureau membership," Stearns Homestead said in a Facebook post. "R.I.P. Bert, Moose and Billy."

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