Cabot pleads innocent to animal cruelty charges

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Washington County prosecutors plan to seek jail time for a Cabot farmer charged with starving his cows to death. Forty-seven-year-old Christian DeNeergaard pleaded innocent in May to five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. He faces up to five years in prison.

At a hearing in court Tuesday, prosecutors said any plea bargain will include some jail time. DeNeergaard has been free on the condition that he not possess any animals. He’s accused of starving some of the cows in his 75-animal herd. The rest were shipped off to slaughter in February.

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