On Friday, May 3, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint of several deceased cows on a farm near Almena. Deputies responded to the scene and located about 20–25 deceased cows.
Initial investigation shows that the cows were deceased over the winter months for several reasons. The cows died from the winter conditions, illness or from possible stray voltage.
All the other animals on the farm were in good health on the farm and have been moved to another farm until the stray voltage issue can be looked into and corrected.
While this case is still under investigation there appears to be no violations and proper disposal has been conducted with the animals. The owners, Charlie and Jody Hase, are cooperating fully with the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.