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Goat Abuse: No Kidding, Montana Rancher Charged With Starving 200 Animals to Death

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About 200 goats found dead in a barn Dodson-area rancher.
About 200 goats found dead in a barn Dodson-area rancher.
Deb Nicholson


Dogs, and cats, and... goats, oh my!

A Montana rancher in a community where there really are more goats than people is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly starving 200 of those goats to death.

Neighbors of Dodson-area rancher Jon Carman alerted state livestock officials to the suspected abuse Feb. 4. Investigators went to check it out and reported finding hundreds of dead goats, including babies, piled on top of each other in a barn.

Three others are said to have died with their heads stuck in a fence, with still more found in a trailer.

Carman allegedly locked the animals in a barn without food or water for more than a month. Phillips County Sheriff Tom Miller says a few goats and two horses on the property survived.

Carman was arrested, and pleaded not guilty to aggravated animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison and a $2,500 fine.