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51 dead bulls prompt animal neglect charges

A man from Sysmä was charged with serious animal welfare charges after officials discovered that 51 of the 70 bulls he kept had died from severe neglect.

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These animals are not related to the story. File photo. Image: Tuija Veirto / Yle

A Sysmä man was accused of treating his bulls so badly that before officials intervened, 51 out of his 70 bulls died from a result of a lack of food, water and living in filthy conditions.

In Päijät-Hämeen District Court the prosecution said that manure was not cleaned from their stalls and that the animals had starved to death.

Prosecutors demanded that the man receive a one year conditional jail sentence and be banned from keeping animals for five years.

Sysmä is a municipality about 185 kilometers north of Helsinki.

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