SALT LAKE CITY — A northern Utah man accused of not properly taking care of the livestock he was hired to oversee is facing charges after 46 cows starved.
Jeremiah Daniel Kingston, 29, whose home address is listed in court records as the ghost town of Washakie, Box Elder County, was charged along with Natural Choice LLC in Plymouth. Both were charged in 1st District Court with wanton destruction of livestock, a second-degree felony.
According to charging documents, Kingston and his company were contracted to care for 585 cows, "which included responsibilities to 'supervise supply of water to livestock,' 'moving of livestock around pastures as needed,' and 'put forth reasonable efforts to minimize death, loss, and theft.'"
But Kingston failed to provide enough food, water and shelter for the livestock, the charge state.2 comments on this story
"Conditions became so deplorable for the cattle that 46 died due to starvation, many were incapable of walking, numerous cows became unable to produce milk, and many have permanent physical alterations, impairments, or conditions that have ruined the breed line," according to charging documents.
Witnesses also observed Kingston "attempting to hide dead cows by dragging them into bushes and covering them with sticks and brush," the charges state.
Other ranchers pointed out to Kingston numerous times about the poor conditions, but he "consciously chose to ignore the warnings. The aggregate value of the effected livestock is over $300,000," according to charging documents.