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Up to 25 cows found dead on western Wisconsin farm

The sheriff's office received a complaint about dead cows on a farm.

Stray voltage may be to blame for some of the deaths of approximately two dozen cows in western Wisconsin. 

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald of the Barron County Sheriff's Office says a complaint was received May 3 about several dead cows on a farm near Almena – a small town about 50 miles east-northeast of Forest Lake, Minnesota. 

Deputies went to the location and found "about 20-25 deceased cows." 

The cattle were victims of harsh winter conditions, illnesses or from possible stray voltage, the sheriff's office says. 

All other animals on the farm were in good health. They've been moved temporarily to another farm while the stray voltage problem is fixed. The farm owners didn't violate any rules and the dead cows have since been properly disposed of. 

Fitzgerald told the Star Tribune that the owners had been waiting for the ground to thaw to bury the cows. 

It's not clear if the cows were dairy or beef cattle. 

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