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Michigan

April 11, 2014

71 dead calves found; mid-Michigan farmer charged

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan farmer has been charged with animal cruelty and abandonment after 71 dead calves were discovered on his property.

Isabella County court administrator Lance Dexter says an arrest warrant has been signed for 29-year-old John Montross of Deerfield Township.

Dexter says the dead calves were found under hay and snow, west of Mount Pleasant. The Associated Press left phone messages Friday seeking comment from Montross and the county sheriff.

Montross is a member of the Deerfield Township Planning Commission.

The felony carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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