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Police search for answers after calf left to die in dumpster

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KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A case of animal abuse left a baby cow tossed in a dumpster.

"It's terrible. The stuff that people are doing to animals today I don't understand it," said Joe Vagaski.

The calf was left in a dumpster in Saginaw County’s Kochville Township on Saturday morning behind Gander Mountain.

An employee from the store found the animal clinging to life with a faint heartbeat.

Authorities said the calf died a short time later.

"I don't know how anybody can be that cruel," Vagaski said.

The calf came from a farm in Stanton, Michigan in Montcalm County and was sold legitimately.

But it’s still a mystery how the calf ended up in Kochville Township, and that’s what police are trying to figure out.

The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department and the USDA are investigating the incident.

The farmers who sold the 100-pound calf are upset by the news of its death, and are doing everything they can to help authorities.

"It was either sold last week, or it was sold three weeks prior to that at a calf sale that they hold," said Sheriff Bill Federspiel. "They're digging through their records right now to find out who they sold that particular calf to."

So far, no arrests have been made in this case.

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