N.D. man pleads guilty to starving cattle

Farm Forum

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A McIntosh County, N.D., man accused of starving to death more than 100 cattle has acknowledged it, in order to avoid a trial.

The Bismarck Tribune reports 44-year-old James Schnabel pleaded guilty on Aug. 23 to three of the four counts against him of overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals.

The judge suspended jail time and part of the fine. But Schnabel will have to pay more than $1,300, do 80 hours of community service and allow his operation to be monitored during two years of probation.

Schnabel’s also charged with felony criminal attempt at theft of property and a misdemeanor committing a fraudulent insurance act. That case is still pending.

Authorities allege that Schnabel submitted an insurance claim falsely stating that the starved cattle had died after being chased by wild dogs.