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Published March 20, 2013, 09:56 AM

Investigators looking into case of animal neglect in McIntosh County

McIntosh County, ND (WDAY TV) - An investigation is heating up after 100 cattle were found dead in McIntosh County. Evidence shows some were starved to death. Now the owner could be facing criminal charges.

McIntosh County, ND (WDAY TV) - An investigation is heating up after 100 cattle were found dead in McIntosh County. Evidence shows some were starved to death. Now the owner could be facing criminal charges.

Prosecutors say it is too early to tell if charges will be pressed. Their main concern is for the animals, especially because the owner involved, still has more cattle in his possession.

The investigation is brewing in McIntosh County, a rural area southwest of Jamestown, located right on the South Dakota border. It all began when the owner filed an insurance claim after his cattle died, stating his dogs had chased them down, where they were trapped and then suffocated. Now evidence shows at least three cattle starved to death and others were malnourished.

This comes after a similar case in Morton County where 96 horses, donkeys and mules were found dead. Their owner, Bill Kiefer is facing charges in Burleigh County and dealing with a pending case in Morton.

North Dakota lawmakers are trying to put a stop to stories like this. Right now a bill is circulating throughout legislation which would prohibit animal cruelty and those found guilty of the crime would be charged with a felony.

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