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Animal advocate horrified to hear about malnourished cattle

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Candler was horrified to hear about a case of alleged animal cruelty involving a herd of cattle in Lauderdale County. Candler was horrified to hear about a case of alleged animal cruelty involving a herd of cattle in Lauderdale County.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Animal advocates spoke out about a case of animal cruelty that spanned two counties in North Alabama. It involved several dead cattle and dozens of starving ones. Thursday, the owner faced several animal cruelty charges for the second time in the year.

There were 50 cows found malnourished and another four found dead. It was after the same herd was found starving in a different location in February. Animal activists called for stricter laws that would prevent these alleged repeat offenses.

"It's not just a cow," said Warren Candler with the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. "It's not just a horse, or a sheep, or a goat. It's a sentient being that deserves food and water, the bare necessities."

Candler was horrified to hear about a case of alleged animal cruelty involving a herd of cattle in Lauderdale County. He didn't understand how so many cows could be left to starve, in some cases to death.

"You know how many cows you have, and if you have been in that business, you know how much they eat," said Candler.

It was a neighbor driving by who spotted a dead calf on the side of the road. When animal control officers arrived, they discovered the neglected herd. The owner, David Caufman, was arrested on four counts of animal cruelty charges and resisting arrest, and authorities said more charges are pending.

"We take serious action on it," said Randall McCrary with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office. "We are not going to stand for this in the county with any kind of livestock or pets."

Investigators said the cows were the same one Caufman had on his land in Limestone County when he was charged in February with similar offenses. That's where Sheriff Mike Blakely found at least nine dead cattle and 50 severely malnourished ones. The state veterinarian said it was the worst case of starvation he'd seen in nearly 30 years.

"We saw these cows actually eating the bark off the trees," said Blakely. "When you've got a situation like that, there is no excuse."

Investigators believe Caufman simply loaded up his herd and moved it less than five miles down the road into Lauderdale County. Animal advocates hope Alabama's laws will be strengthened to prevent this from happening again.

"Any person who does the same thing over and over, there should be stronger penalties for that," said Candler.

According to Alabama law it's a class a misdemeanor if someone subjects any animal to mistreatment, neglect, death, or injury without good cause. If the act involves the infliction of torture to the animal, it's a class c felony.

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