Mar 23, 2010 4:51 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Nearly 80 cattle found dead near Fort Morgan

A man is facing 16 counts of animal cruelty after Logan County Sheriff's Deputies discovered nearly 80 dead cows on his property last week.

The sheriff's office says after getting complaints of sick animals at the Schuman Cattle Company , a search warrant was executed and 79 cow carcasses were found in various stages of decay.

According to deputies the cattle found alive were in poor body condition. Sixteen head of cattle were taken to the Sterling Livestock Commission Company because their immediate welfare was in question.

The owner, 57 year old Gilbert Dean Schuman,  was arrested and charged with multiple counts of cruelty.   He is being held on a $5000 bond.

The actual cause of death of the cattle is still under investigation. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is assisting the Logan County Sheriff's Office with the ongoing investigation. This case remains under investigation, including determining causes for the large amount of dead cattle on the property.

"The BAP (The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Protection) agents play a vital role in the care and welfare of animals across the state by assisting local law enforcement agencies in their animal cruelty and neglect investigations," said BAP Chief, Scot Dutcher. "Animal agriculture is a fundamental part of this state's culture and food production system. Livestock must continue to be treated in a manner that is ethical and humane."

Anytime animal cruelty charges are brought against a Colorado livestock owner, industry organizations monitor the situation.

"The act of compromising the health and wellbeing of livestock is unacceptable to the members of our industry" stated Steve Gabel, President of Colorado Livestock Association. "Livestock producers have the ethical responsibility to provide the highest care for all animals."

Schuman's next court date is set for March 29th..


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