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Published March 29, 2011, 11:09 AM

Animals starved to death at Minnesota farm

TOWER, Minn. — The owner of a dilapidated farm in northeastern Minnesota has been cited after investigators say they found a half dozen animals starved to death.

TOWER, Minn. — The owner of a dilapidated farm in northeastern Minnesota has been cited after investigators say they found a half dozen animals starved to death.

St. Louis County sheriff's officials say four horses, a cow and a goat were found dead at the farm. There was no electricity and no water. Sheriff's deputies visited the farm with a veterinarian and Humane Society investigator March 18 after authorities received a report of some dead horses. The sheriff's department said “numerous dead domestic animals” were found at that time.

The owner, 45-year-old Marcia Berg, was told to provide water, food and shelter for her animals. Investigators returned to the farm about a week later and said the found she was complying.

The Duluth News Tribune says the animal neglect citation carries a maximum 90 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.

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