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ND man faces charges in starved cattle case

BISMARCK -- A North Dakota man faces charges stemming from what authorities say are the starvation deaths of more than 100 cattle on his McIntosh County farm.

James Schnabel, 44, faces four misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals. He is scheduled for his first court appearance on April 22.

Sheriff Laurie Spitzer says in an affidavit that Schnabel told authorities that stray dogs chased the cattle into a pole barn, and they died from trampling and suffocation. The sheriff says a veterinarian concluded almost all of the dead cattle died of starvation

Schnabel could face up to four years in jail if convicted. He did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment Thursday, and court documents do not list an attorney for him.