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Animals Starved To Death At Dilapidated Farm

TOWER, Minn. (AP) – The owner of a dilapidated farm in northeastern Minnesota has been cited after investigators say they found a half dozen animals starved to death.

St. Louis County sheriff’s officials say four horses, a cow and a goat were found dead at the farm. There was no electricity and no water. Sheriff’s deputies visited the farm with a veterinarian and Humane Society investigator March 18. The sheriff’s department issued a news release the day before saying “numerous dead domestic animals” had been found on the property.

The owner, 45-year-old Marcia Berg, was told to provide water, food and shelter for her animals. Investigators returned to the farm about a week later and said the found she was complying.

The animal neglect citation carries a maximum 90 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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