Two Campbell County men will be charged with more than two dozen counts of animal cruelty after malnourished animals were found on their property nine miles south of Gillette.

The Sheriff’s Office was called to the 900 block of Highway 50 Wednesday after people noticed that the animals had not been fed or watered for five days, said Sheriff Scott Matheny.

Officers found dead livestock buried on the property with parts of them sticking out of the ground, said Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Theis.

A local veterinarian was on scene and said 90% of the living animals were “of low body score,” Matheny said, and the animals were taken into protective custody. There are 28 animals in total, including 20 horses, four cows, two calves, one bull and a goat.

The two suspects, a 54-year-old man and his 29-year-old son, will face 28 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, Matheny said.

The animals are at an undisclosed location, Theis said. The men will have to post a care of cost bond to pay for vet care, housing and other costs associated with keeping the animals.

Theis said that as of now, he anticipates the bond could be a minimum of $50,000.

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