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Authorities: Nearly 40 animals found dead, malnourished in Iowa County

ARENA, WI (WTAQ) - Almost 40 farm animals have been found dead or malnourished on a farm in southwest Wisconsin.

Iowa County authorities said ten cows and one hog died at the farm, located near Arena. 28 other animals were taken away, and they received new homes.

Sheriff Steve Michek said it did not appear to be a matter of neglect. He tells WISC-TV in Madison that the farm couple apparently lacked the resources to care for the animals.

Deputies are still investigating, and prosecutors will later decide if any charges should be filed.

Investigators responded to the couple's farm on March 1st, after getting a tip that the animals were not being fed properly. Officials said they did not have enough water.

The couple also has a horse boarding facility. Investigators said those animals appeared to be well-cared for.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service) 

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