71 dead calves discovered on farm

The melted snow exposed more than just grass this week.

Police are investigating why 71 calves died and were hidden under hay in Isabella County.

"It is quite unusual for that many to die out" says Larry Bauer.

Larry Bauer lives next to the farm where the calves were discovered.

He says the first indication that there was a problem was the flies.

"We had big black flies all over the house, the backside, just covered" he says.

"I had to spray them off everyday".

Larry says with such a harsh winter the calves would have needed more attention than normal.

"They would have froze or starved but I saw him bringing grain" Larry says.

"This winter he left for a month and then he came back and started moving things".

The farms other neighbor is stunned.

"There was always been cattle over there" says Mike Smalley.

"As far as the little ones it really surprises me that he had that many, and how many were found dead".

NBC25 reached out to the prosecutor's office and Sheriff's department but both declined comment.

A warrant has been issued for 29-year-old John William Montross of Deerfield Township.

So far no arrests have been made.

The farms owner could face up to 4 years in prison and fines up to $5,000 dollars if convicted of the animal cruelty charge.