Man pleads guilty to charges after 100 cattle found dead on farm

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A North Dakota man who claimed cows at his farm died as a result of an attack by wild dogs pleaded guilty to three of four counts of overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals on Friday.

 James Schnabel was charged after reports of 100 dead cattle on his farm were investigated on Jan. 15. The investigation found several dead cattle that were frozen and emaciated.

A necropsy of three calves that weren’t frozen shows they died of starvation according to the Bismarck Tribune.

In all, the 116 animals that died on the farm are estimated to be worth $92,300.

The Bismarck Tribune reports District Court Judge Cynthia Feland sentenced Schnabel to 60 days in jail, suspended. He will also be on unsupervised probation for two years, pay $325 in fees and complete 80 hours of community service.

Schnabel was also fined $1,000 for each of the three counts but the fine for two of the counts were suspended.

Schnabel filed a claim with his insurance company, telling them his livestock died as a result of the attack by wild dogs. As a result he has been charged with Class B felony criminal attempt at theft of property and Class A misdemeanor committing a fraudulent insurance act, but a court date has not yet been set.

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dawn Keith    
bentonville, Arkansas  |  August, 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

You have got to be kidding me. All he got was a slap on the wrist and 116 animals slowly and painfully starved to death. He should NEVER BE allowed to own another animal and that judge should be recalled! He is what makes all of us look bad. I am thoroughly disgusted!

Craig A. Moore    
Billings, MT  |  August, 27, 2013 at 08:34 AM

Either this man has mental problems or, my bet, is on drugs and needs to be tested either way. Working with farmers and ranchers for over 30 years I have only met a couple that aren't diligent at the care for their livestock, and even the bad ones went as bad as this man. My bet is if they look around hard enough they will come up with a meth lab but they probably will not as we all know the problems in this country are all about racial and financial equality. Drugs are to be made legal and are not a problem.

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