Two men were charged with violating the Dead Animal Disposal Act after they allegedly dumped hundreds of deer carcasses from Wyanet Locker Inc. onto land of one of the men, according to Illinois Conservation Police.
Scott M. Sabin, 37, of Wyanet, owner of the meat locker, and Anthony T. Romagnoli, 39, of Princeton were given a court date of Dec. 21. The fine for the offense if convicted is $120, Sgt. Hank Frazier said.
On Nov. 24 an officer discovered the carcasses on the property of Romagnoli, 25909 1575 North Ave., five miles east of Princeton.
“There were literally hundreds of them,” Frazier said. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources was concerned the carcasses could spread chronic wasting disease and pollute a nearby stream, he said.
“There are a lot of issues there,” Frazier said.
Frazier said Sabin had Romagnoli dispose of the deer for him, according to AM1220 WLPO,
Romagnoli’s land also harbored 50-60 dogs which fed on the carcasses, Frazier told the News Tribune.
Meat lockers and slaughter plants typically use rendering services to dispose of animal carcasses. However, rendering services customarily refuse to take carcasses of deer and sheep because of disease considerations, Frazier said.
A meat locker has other options to dispose of deer carcasses, usually accumulated as hunters bring their deer in for butchering. The business can bury, burn or compost deer carcasses in compliance with regulations of the state Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Act, according to state statute.
The men complied with an order to bury the carcasses on the property, Frazier said.
Another option is to have them transported to a landfill, according to Frazier.
Sabin told the News Tribune Wednesday morning he would be available for an interview later in the day.