Jackson County Farm Animals Found Suffering

NICHOLSON, Ga. (AP) - Jackson County authorities are investigating an increasing number of reports of livestock cruelty because of the drought.

They say cows and horses that usually graze on their own are not finding enough food and inattentive farmers are failing to supplement the animal's food supply.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is taking malnourished pigs, goats and a steer from a farm on Georgia Highway 334 southeast of Nicholson. The sheriff's office told the owners it would not pursue animal cruelty charges if they gave up the animals to a livestock dealer.

L&D Farm and Kennel owners are facing five felony and 55 misdemeanor charges for cruelty to animals after 300 malnourished
and injured dogs were taken from the kennel in February. The two cases are not related.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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