CEDAR CITY — A Cedar City man who has already been convicted of cruelty to animals and is currently facing a case of animal cruelty, has been charged yet again with more counts of cruelty to animals.
Cullen Lionel Holyoak, 79, was charged Oct. 7 in Iron County Justice Court with two counts of cruelty to animals, a class B misdemeanor, and two counts of improper disposal of a carcass, a class C misdemeanor.
Holyoak is already facing five counts of cruelty to animals from a case filed Sept. 13. He is also charged with three counts of improper disposal of a carcass in that incident.
Holyoak was convicted in 2012 of cruelty to animals, unsafe tethering and harboring a stray animal, according to court records. He was placed on probation. He was also convicted of cruelty to animals in 2013 and another case of animal cruelty in 2012.
In his most recent case, Cedar City police were called to Holyoak's property in early October on a report of animal neglect.Comment on this story
"This neglect is evident in the appearance of the cattle which show obvious signs of starvation. The animals are extremely thin with ribs and hips protruding through the hide of the animals. There is a calf lying nearly unresponsive near the gate which accesses the property, furthermore near the rear of the property is a light-colored cow which appears to be dead and has been partially covered by unused tires," the report states. "This is an ongoing problem with Mr. Holyoak."
A dead calf and a dead sheep were found, a return to the search warrant states.
In addition, "An adult cow and one calf were seized. Both animals were lethargic, the calf had difficulty standing. Other animals showed signs of malnutrition," the report states.
Holyoak is scheduled to be arraigned in that case on Jan. 9. In his other active case, he is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 6.