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.