Cattle Deaths in Clay County Caused by Animal Neglect; Laurens Man Charged

A Laurens man was charged last month with animal neglect in Clay County.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a call was received on the morning of September 20th. The caller stated that cattle in the pasture at 510th Street and 330th Avenue in Webb appeared to be thin and had no access to a water source.

Following an investigation, it was determined that two heads of cattle had died due to malnourishment and lack of water. The owner of the cattle, Brent Svuba of Laurens, allegedly failed to maintain livable conditions for the cattle.

Svuba was arrested on September 26th on a charge of Livestock Neglect, a serious misdemeanor. He was issued a citation and released pending a court date. The cattle were moved to another location where they could be nursed back to health and be brought back to industry standards.