Authorities seize cattle, rancher faces charges
April 22, 2010
DENVER (AP) – State agriculture officials have seized 28 cattle from a northeastern Colorado ranch where authorities say they previously found nearly 80 dead cattle.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture said the cattle were seized Tuesday from Gilbert Schuman’s Logan County ranch. Assistant State Veterinarian Nick Striegel said authorities believe Schuman wasn’t properly caring for the animals, which might not have survived much longer.
“Livestock owners have a moral obligation to provide for the nutritional needs of the animals in their care,” Striegel said.
Schuman could lose the cattle if he is deemed an unfit owner during an April 28 hearing in Logan Count Court. He told The Associated Press Wednesday that the charges are “trumped up” and referred questions to his lawyer.
The attorney didn’t immediately return a call after business hours.
The Agriculture Department said nearly 80 dead cattle were found on Schuman’s property in March. Tests showed the animals died of malnutrition, according to the department.
Many of the live animals were in poor condition, and 16 were taken from the ranch, state officials said. Sheriff’s investigators said Schuman was charged with 16 counts of cruelty to animals.