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County: Cost of cleaning farm more than $30,000

SUMMITTVILLE – A central Indiana county is hoping to recoup the more than $30,000 it cost to clean a farm where more than 100 animals were found dead and rotting.

Madison County is seeking to recoup the money through the insurance of the farm owners or from donations collected by the Animal Protection League Inc. County Administrator Dan Dykes tells the Herald Bulletin that the costs include veterinary tests, equipment, worker overtime and security.

Authorities last week found the carcasses stacked in a barn on a farm near Summitville, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Investigators also found about 30 more animals that survived.

Dykes said the county would “explore every avenue” to pay the remainder, including potentially pursuing the assets of the owners of the farm, Daniel and Carrie Ault.

Dykes says if the county can’t recoup the costs, it might have to cut other services, such as road and building repairs or court expenses.

Prosecutor Rodney Cummings has said he will wait until the investigation is complete before deciding whether to file any charges. But he said that he had never seen an animal cruelty case of such magnitude.

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