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Published April 23, 2013, 10:15 AM

North Dakota man pleads not guilty in deaths of 100 cattle

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man has pleaded not guilty to starving about 100 cattle to death.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man has pleaded not guilty to starving about 100 cattle to death.

Forty-four-year-old James Schnabel is charged in McIntosh County with four misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals. He could face up to four years in jail if convicted.

Forum Communications reports that court documents indicate Schnabel told authorities stray dogs chased some cattle into a shed in January, leading to trampling and suffocation deaths.

A veterinarian concluded almost all of the dead cattle died of starvation.

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