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Man arrested on animal cruelty charges

David Coffman Jr. was charged with 16 counts of felony animal cruelty, 150 misdemeanor animal cruelty, 16 counts of failure to dispose of livestocks and more charges are pending, said authorities.

Posted: Mar 2, 2018 5:12 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2018 9:31 AM

A man in Lauderdale County was arrested after 20 cows were found dead on County Rd. 95. 

David Coffman Jr., was charged with 16 counts of felony animal cruelty, 150 counts of  misdemeanor animal cruelty and 16 counts of failure to dispose of livestock, authorities said. Other charges are currently pending. 

In 2014 Coffman was arrested after investigators found eight dead cows off Persimmon Tree Road in Western Limestone County. 

Investigators told WAAY 31 that in 2014, 50 head of cattle were severely malnourished. 

Deputies said the baby calf found starving was put down Friday. 

The property owner that Coffman was leasing from will keep the cows on the land until their health is better. 

According to authorities, Coffman will have to sign over his rights to the animals. If he refuses prosecutors will have to petition the courts to take his rights away. 

Coffman was transported to the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

Deputies will continue to look for more dead cows Saturday morning, Mar. 3.  

Officials told WAAY 31 Coffman's bond has not been set. 

Officials are asking for donations of hay. Anyone willing to help can call Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office.

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