Sumner man charged with animal cruelty after numerous malnourished and dead cattle found


By Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub (NE)

Aug 9, 2019


SUMNER A Sumner man is charged with animal cruelty in Dawson County Court after numerous malnourished and dead cattle were found in Eddyville and near Sumner.


According to court records, one cow died after getting caught in an electric fence at the Eddyville Rodeo grounds where the man was running cattle.


The cattle were owned by James Erwin, 53, of Sumner. He is charged in Dawson County Court with felony animal cruelty resulting in death and three misdemeanor counts of abandonment or cruel neglect of animals. The crimes allegedly occurred between March and mid-July.


Erwin was detained in the Dawson County Jail on July 30, according to court records, and posted a $500 bond that same day. Erwin is set to be arraigned on Aug. 20 in Dawson County Court. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to five years in prison.


The case against Erwin is outlined in court records: