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Raymond Frank Christie, a rancher in California’s Humboldt County, has been arrested for the purposeful malnourishment of his livestock, leaving hundreds of them dead by starvation.

The nearly a half-year investigation by authorities led to the discovery of hundreds of cows strewn across Christie’s property.

The SF Gate reports the following:

“A Humboldt County rancher was arrested Monday after a five-month investigation led authorities to hundreds of malnourished and dead livestock strewn across the suspect’s land.

Humboldt, state and federal officials said they discovered up to 300 deceased cows, some stacked in 10-foot-high piles or heaped in and near waterways, on four properties owned by Raymond Frank Christie.

Many of the Humboldt rancher’s still-living cattle were malnourished, held in cramped quarters and lacked ample access to feed, the county said in a press release. Authorities also said they discovered multiple dogs being kept in unsanitary conditions without water or adequate space to move freely.

Beside the apparent animal abuse, various agencies reported a slew of additional violations on Christie’s properties, ranging from improper disposal of solid waste, illegal stream bed alterations and various building code violations.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christie on four charges relating to animal cruelty and the disposal of carcasses within 150 feet of a state waterway. He was booked into county jail on $25,000 bail.”

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