S. Ind. deputy charged with animal neglect

4/25/2013 3:00 AM
By Associated Press

SALEM, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana sheriff's deputy faces 14 counts of animal neglect for allegedly mistreating cattle on his farm and a farm owned by his mother.

Washington County sheriff's deputy Larry Motsinger has been charged with two felony counts of improper disposal of a dead animal and 14 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reports (http://cjky.it/11ErJa6 ) the 66-year-old Pekin resident surrendered Wednesday at the Washington County Jail in Salem.

Special Prosecutor Otto Schalk of Harrison County says State Police and State Veterinarian Jodi Lovejoy began investigating Motsinger in early March amid allegations about neglected cattle on the two farms.

Schalk says Lovejoy and a state trooper examined several head of cattle on the farms last month and found cow carcasses on the elder Motsinger's property.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com


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