REDFIELD, S.D. — A herd of 75 neglected and starving cattle seized from an Ashton man’s property will be sold by the state.

Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the American News ( ) that livestock owner Rex Spear didn’t appear for a court hearing Monday to contest the move.

Authorities seized the animals late last month and charged Spear with felony animal abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect. He doesn’t have a listed phone number. He’s due in court July 17.

Information from: Aberdeen American News,

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