Norwegian farmer charged after 83 sheep were found dead in his barn

Senja District CourtPhoto: André Lorentsen / NTB

A sheep farmer is charged with several violations of the Animal Welfare Act. At least 83 dead sheep were found in the man’s barn.

The farmer has confessed to the circumstances and is looking forward to having the case – that will be held at Senja District Court in May – end, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

“He’s not feeling well. He takes it seriously, and the case affects him hard. He loves animals, so this has been absolutely terrible for him,” his lawyer Tor Reidar Klausen noted.

“This is both an animal tragedy and a human tragedy,” he added.

Inside the barn, there were also 13 live sheep. Eleven of them were so emaciated that they were slaughtered on the spot.

The indictment also applies to lack of supervision and care. The man is also accused of failing to remove manure, old fodder, and dead animals and that he didn’t let the animals out on the pasture.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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