Deputies Find 19 Cattle Carcasses; More Cows May Be Dying
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) _ Deputies found the rotting carcasses of 19 cattle believed to have died of malnutrition on a ranch with abundant pasture but lacking in nutrients.
″Carcasses and bones were spread out everywhere,″ said Detective Tim Dilts of the Orange County Sheriff’s Agricultural Crimes Unit.
Other livestock on the ranch, owned by William E. King, appeared to be dying, said Detective Gary Story.
Ten horses at the 458-acre ranch appeared in good condition.
The pasture in the section of ranch where the carcasses and live animals were found did not provide sufficient nutrients for the mixed-breed cattle, Dilts said.
No charges had been filed.
King, 71, leases the land, where he keeps about 100 cattle. King, who has been ill, said he and his two helpers did not know why the animals were dying, according to Story.