Authorities in Iowa County are investigating after dead and malnourished animals were found on a farm. Authorities found ten cows and a hog dead on the farm in the Town of Arena, while 28 cows were taken from the farm. Investigators got an anonymous tip that the animals were not being fed properly.
Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek doesn’t believe it was intentional neglect. “It appears to be one of those cases where they maybe just couldn’t get through the winter with the feed stock that they had for animals, and got into a situation where they felt they weren’t going to get anything from the animals if they sold them,” Michek said.
Michek said the couple renting the farm has been cooperative. He urged others in a similar situation seek help, either from family or friends, or the humane society. The couple also operates a horse boarding operation. Investigators said all of the horses are well cared for, and that operation will not be affected.