Pollard Farms' former ranch manager accused of stealing, selling cattle


Kelci McKendrick, Enid News & Eagle (OK)

Aug 4, 2022


ENID, Okla. A Fairmont man is facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing and selling 110 head of cattle from Pollard Farms without authorization.


Keenan Earl Pendley, 35, was charged July 20 with nine counts of larceny of domestic animals or implements of husbandry and one count of pattern of criminal offenses.


The first nine felony counts are punishable by three years to 10 years in prison, or by a fine in an amount equal to three times the value of animals and machinery stolen but not more than $500,000, or by both.


Each head of cattle stolen may constitute a separate offense and may be punishable as a separate violation.


According to an affidavit filed in the case, the Investigative Services Unit with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was contacted on May 25, 2022, by Dr. Barry Pollard, of Waukomis, who said there were problems with a hired ranch hand.


Pollard said Hennessey Packing Co. had contacted the Pollard Farms secretary on May 24 to let her know Pendley had brought two head of cattle there on April 21 to be sold after processing.


After the cows were sold, Pendley went to pick up checks at Hennessey Packing from individuals purchasing the beef, totaling $4,800, and according to the affidavit, Pendley asked to have the checks made out to him personally because he had a partnership with the cattle slaughtered, which concerned the owner of Hennessey Packing because he knew Pendley did not own cattle.


The affidavit states after giving Pendley the check, the owner told Pollard he would notify him when the checks cleared from the bank from the individual, stating Pendley had scheduled 10 steers in October for meat to be sold again...


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