22 cattle die in Missouri after left in corral for 8 days

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 12:55 p.m. CDT; updated 1:12 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 18, 2010

GAINESVILLE — The Ozark County Sheriff's Department says 22 black Angus cattle died after they were trapped in a corral south of Gainesville for eight days.

The sheriff's department says in a news release that the cattle were found on Monday in a corral that had gates shut at both ends.

The owner, who lives in Mountain Home, Ark., told authorities that he and some friends were getting cattle ready for market on June 6 and forgot to open the gate to let the cattle out when they were done.

An Ozark County veterinarian, Robert Main, says the cattle likely died from dehydration and possible heat stroke.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the sheriff's department has filed an affidavit with the prosecutor's office seeking charges of animal neglect.

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