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2 Iowa men arrested in stabbings of 17 cattle

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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies in Poweshiek County say they have arrested two men in connection with the stabbing of 17 cattle at a sale barn in Montezuma last week.

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Poweshiek County Chief Deputy Lawrence McNaul says deputies arrested 20-year-old Robert Edward Fults and 22-year-old Jamey Leroy Christofferson Wednesday evening.

Fults and Christofferson, who are both from Montezuma, are each charged with 17 counts of livestock abuse.

McNaul both men refused to make any comment.

Workers at the Montezuma Sales Co. sale barn found the cattle with stab wounds the morning of Jan. 6.

The wounds were severe enough that all 17 animals required veterinary treatment and three had to be euthanized. McNaul says detectives quickly ruled out insurance fraud or possible cult activity in the investigation.

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