The county has given two farmers permission to operate a slaughterhouse on their farm if they can get the appropriate papers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The two brothers, Carroll Lynn Schisler and August "Fred" Schisler, may operate a slaughterhouse on their 112-acre farm in the 2500 block of Marston Road, the county Board of Zoning Appeals decided after visiting the farm July 24.

But first they must get the appropriate "grant inspection" from the USDA Food Service and Inspection Services, which regulates slaughterhouses, the board decision states.

The Schislers applied for a variance to operate the business after being charged with running an illegal slaughterhouse. County zoning law allows slaughterhouses in agriculture districts with board permission.

The brothers also had been charged with animal cruelty in April 1990, after investigators said they found about 50 malnourished or diseased animals and the remains of about 100 animals at their farm.

The Schislers were cleared of the charges last December.

In July, they filed a $700,000 libeland defamation suit against the Humane Society of Carroll County Inc. and two sheriff's deputies in connection with their arrests.

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