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"Cattle war" between Connecticut and Rhode Island farmers

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(CBS/AP) TIVERTON, R.I. - Rhode Island would not ordinarily be confused with cattle rustling territory. However, police in the largely coastal state say they recently made just such a cattle rustling arrest in the town of Tiverton.

The Newport Daily News reports that Ledyard Lewis of North Stonington, Conn., turned himself in on Friday in the theft of at least 18 cows from High View Farm, in Tiverton, R.I. Lewis says he took the cows because the farm's owner, Arthur Smith, owed him money. Police say the Connecticut man claimed Rhode Islander Smith owed him for feed.

Lewis was arraigned and released on $10,000 personal recognizance. He faces charges of felony larceny and theft of animals. Authorities say transporting the stolen animals across state lines could also lead to federal charges.

Because the stolen Tiverton cows were mixed in with those on Lewis' North Stonington farm, they are under quarantine until they can be tested for tuberculosis.

And so ends another day in the Connecticut-Rhode Island cattle wars.

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