Flasher man accused of having a pit of more than 20 dead cows

FLASHER, N.D. - A warrant is out for a Flasher man charged with not taking care of his cattle and contributing to the malnourishment and death of the animals.

Forty-eight-year-old Corey Fleck is accused of having a large pit with several dead cows. The affidavit says deputies and the ND Stockman’s Association observed very little feed on the property.

Documents say another pit in the property also had dead cows in it, but only bones and cow hide were left.

According to the affidavit, Dr. Susan Keller from the North Dakota State Veterinarian's Office says the bone marrow of one of the cows tested came back as 8.77% fat, a normal cow should have 80% fat. Court documents say anything lower than 20% body fat should be considered possible starvation or malnutrition.

Deputies say on May 2, Fleck had three bales left from 30 he had bought at the end of April. Documents say that 27 bales of hay were used in six days and that would average to 4.5 a day, meaning it wasn’t enough feed to maintain the herd.

Fleck is charged with four counts of animal neglect, all A misdemeanors.