NEK farmer pleads guilty to animal cruelty – Fox 44/AP

A Brownington farmer pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after his cows were found starved and standing in two feet of manure.

“Authorities say the owners of the farm left the animals in the care of their son, 26-year-old, Donovan Steele, of South Carolina, who was unable to care for the animals without working equipment last winter. The Caledonian-Record reports he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals; 11 other charges were dropped. State police Cpl. Callie Field said she found thin animals standing in up to 2 feet of manure with indications of worms and starvation. Carcasses were buried in the manure pile.

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