- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SIDNEY, Maine (AP) - An investigation into a Kennebec County farmer who allegedly left dead livestock sitting on his property has been handed over to the attorney general’s office for enforcement.

Matthew Randall, an inspection supervisor for the state’s agricultural compliance program, says state rules require farmers to remove or bury dead livestock, but animals found on Mark Gould’s property in Sidney were left where they died.

Violators can be fined up to $500 a day and up to a total of $50,000.

The Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/1yLnldo ) reports that Gould admitted there were dead animals on his property during the winter, but says they were properly cleaned up and composted.

Randall says investigators first visited Gould’s property on March 21 and observed the carcasses of three cattle and an undetermined number of chickens.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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