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Readfield Sues Farmer Over Loose Cows
07/01/2013 10:00 AM ET  

Readfield authorities say Edward Munson's cattle have escaped numerous times over the past several months and pose a threat to public safety.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The town of Readfield is taking its beef with a local farmer to court.

Readfield says in a lawsuit filed against Edward Munson that his cattle are a threat to public safety because they keep getting loose. The town alleges in the suit that Munson's cattle have escaped 30 times between September and May. He has about 120 head of Angus and Hereford cows, but usually just one or few get loose at a time.

The town asks in the suit filed in Kennebec County Superior Court that Munson be fined and ordered to remove the animals from the property.

Munson tells the Kennebec Journal a young bull responsible for some of the breakouts has been moved for the summer. He also says he plans on erecting new fencing soon.



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