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The farmer was reported to the police a year ago - still not questioned


The Warmland farmer, whose entire herd of cattle has now been taken care of for neglect, was reported to the county administrative board exactly one year ago. The notification was made, among other things, after the farmer sent 36 slender and dirty animals that are believed to have killed themselves to a company for destruction. "Clearly you look at it seriously because these animals have obviously suffered for a long time," Prosecutor Linda Karlsson says about the case.

In the prosecution report made by the county administrative board on January 17, 2019, it appears that the destruction company received two containers from the Warmland farmer, which he said would contain dead chickens for destruction.

But there were also 36 dead cattle which, according to the report, were lean and dirty. The majority of the animals were not killed but probably suicide. The ID tag was cut from the ears of all animals except one.

"Not a high priority"

The incident is just one part of the investigation where the Warmland farmer is suspected of animal cruelty or violation of the Animal Protection Act. He has also been reported to the police by a private person for the neglect of farm animals. But despite the fact that it has been a year since the county's Board of Appeal reported, the farm's owners have not been questioned or given suspicion of crime.

"Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for it to take time for this type of case that is not a high priority," says Linda Karlsson, who is currently working on an investigation into rape against children.

Not clear if it will be prosecuted

As a result of the County Administrative Board's handling of the farm's approximately 500 animals, Linda Karlsson will now review what investigative efforts need to be done. But there is a long way to go before deciding on a possible prosecution.

- If there is a prosecution and when can I not answer at present. But it is an advantage for the investigation that the county administrative board made repeated checks and documented the conditions on the farm for a long time.

How do you see the evidence?

- We have not heard the suspected person yet and that means that his statement can carry some information in the investigation, so it is too early to answer.

Anyone convicted of animal cruelty risks fines or imprisonment for a maximum of two years.

SVT News Värmland has been in contact with the farmer's legal representative who does not want to comment. We also searched the farmer without results.

Source: svt

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