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July 15, 2013

Animal neglect not found at Cass County residence

Vet checks out animals shown in Facebook video

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There was a similar investigation in January, according to Jill Rife, Chief Deputy with the Cass County Sheriff's Department. The complaints were coming from the same source, she said.

Complaints called in to the sheriff's department have mostly been about animals being out and on the road, Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor said. The department received several calls and sometimes tried to coax them back into the pen, Pryor said.

"When we go to the property, there is plenty of food," Pryor said. "We're trying to take measures to correct the issue of the animals getting out, but it's the owner's responsibility."

Additional advice Hunter received included separating the horses when feeding them and working on keeping the animals within the fence, Hunter said.

Animal control, a state livestock inspector, members from the sheriff's office and others have visited the property.

Lisa Clark, director of the Cass County Humane Society went out to the property with Ciotta Tuesday.

Only one person called the Cass County Humane Society about the property, Clark said. She clarified she deals only with dogs and cats and animal control brings the animals to her for care.

The Cass County Humane Society is "not unsympathetic to the issue," Clark said. "We're just not qualified to make that call."

Ciotta said he will allow time for the suggestions he gave to be implemented. Ciotta drives by the property frequently enough and said he may call the owner.

“I think sometimes people just need a little more education,” Ciotta said. “Our society is too quick to point fingers as opposed to helping people out.”

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