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October 16, 2013

Ault case speeds passage of new animal protection law

Ordinance defines responsibilities, sets penalties


"Do I think this is going to stop animal abuse? No," Owens said, "but I think it can help us clean up our county."

The case against Daniel and Carrie Ault, meanwhile, is slowly working its way through the county court system.

Responding to neighbor complaints on April 9, authorities discovered 171 dead and rotting animals, including horses, sheep, goats, cows and rabbits in several barns on farm property the Aults own on County Road 1700 North near 350 West near Summitville.

Living among the carcasses and feces, 165 other animals were found still alive, although investigators described many of them as "walking skeletons."

A massive cleanup effort to bury the dead, care for the living, and pay for heavy equipment, worker overtime and provide security at the farm cost the county an estimated $30,000.

Daniel Ault told police he'd become "overwhelmed" with trying to care for the animals, helping with the Strawtown Auction and running a meat-packing business in Grant County.

Daniel and Carrie Ault, who are co-defendants in the case, were charged with 96 counts of improper disposal of a dead animal, a Class D felony; 15 counts of cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor; and two counts of neglect of a dependent child, a Class D felony.

Like Stu Hirsch on Facebook and follow him @stuhirsch on Twitter, or call 640-4861.

How to File a Complaint The Madison County Sheriff's Department is charged with enforcing the new animal protection ordinance. If you have reason to think animals are being mistreated, contact the sheriff's department at: 642-0221.

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