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Man in custody after 24 cattle found dead in Shawano Co.

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SHAWANO COUNTY (WAOW) -

According to Shawano County authorities, a 50-year-old Shawano man was arrested on Friday after police found 24 dead cattle in a barn in Belle Plaine.

A press release says the Shawano County Sheriff's Department received a call from a citizen reporting a foul odor coming from a barn at a non-working farm. They say neighbors in the area also reported the smell.

After a search warrant was issued by the Shawano-Menominee District Attorney's office, police searched the barn and found 24 cattle of varying ages dead.

The state veterinarian from Madison was also called in to assist.

Police say a 50-year-old Shawano man was arrested on charges of animal neglect. Because the animals died, he could face a felony charge.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities say more charges could be filed after the District Attorney reviews the case on Monday. The name of the suspect will not be released until the 50-year-old man is formally charged next week.

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