U.P. Boys Accused Of Torturing Cattle

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HARRIS TOWNSHIP (AP) – Authorities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have filed animal torture charges against two teenage boys they accuse of using a steel bar to impale beef cattle, two of which were euthanized because of severe injuries.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks says deputies got a call Monday morning about the attack on a farm in Harris Township, north of Menominee. He says the cattle were herded into a chute and a bar used to impale them. He says some cattle also were beaten with a steel rod and a shovel.

Marks says two young cows were euthanized because of severe internal injuries, and a two-year-old bull was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Deputies arrested two 17-year-old Escanaba boys, who were arraigned Tuesday.

One is free on bond, while the other remains jailed.

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