Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, June 5, 2000

Area man charged with animal neglect

By Gail Lipe

An investigation by the McLeod County Sheriff's department resulted in a complaint charging Dale Wayne Nord of Glencoe with two misdemeanor counts of cruelty and neglect of an animal.

The complaint stated that Nord deprived animals of necessary food, water or shelter on April 30.

The sheriff's department investigated a call it received on April 30 about possible animal neglect. The complaint stated that when the officers arrived on the site, a cow was laying on the ground outside with manure piled up around it. It had a small amount of hay laying in front of it, and there was no water available.

It also stated there were several marks on the back and rear end of the cow that appeared to be from being struck with an object.

The officers obtained a search warrant and requested a veterinarian check the animals. During the search, another cow was found laying in a gutter and could not get up. The complaint stated there were abrasions on its legs with swelling from infection or trauma.

The search also found 19 calves in a barn, split between two pens, with no water available.

The opinion of the veterinarian was that the cow laying outside had been there for several days, suffering miserably. He recommended the animal be put to sleep.

He also said many of the other cows had obvious overgrown hooves, and others showed serious lameness.

Nord could face up to 90 days in jail and a $700 fine if he is found guilty. His arraignment will be on June 19 at 9 a.m. in McLeod County District Court.

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