Gilbert Dean Schuman, 57, faces 16 counts of animal cruelty stemming from the 16 live head of cattle that were also confiscated from his property. Those cattle "were taken to the Sterling Livestock Commission Company because their immediate welfare was in question," according to a Logan County Sheriff's Office press release.
That release went on to say that many of the "carcasses were located in a livestock pond on the property and others were under mounds of hay."
A call to Schuman Cattle LLC was not immediately returned.
Logan County investigators say early last week, acting on a tip from the public, they executed a search warrant on CR 37 in Logan County. Schuman's next court date is March 29.
Steve Gabel, the President of the Colorado Livestock Association, was quoted in the press release saying, "The act of compromising the health and wellbeing of livestock is unacceptable to the members of our industry. Livestock producers have the ethical responsibility to provide the highest care for all animals."
The case remains active, and investigators are trying to determine the causes of death of the 79 cattle found on the property.
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