Police identify owners of farm where 100 dead, 30 malnourished animals were found

Daniel and Carrie Ault owned property, police say

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. - Police have identified the owners of a Madison County farm where nearly 100 dead animals and 30 malnourished animals were found Tuesday.

Authorities said Daniel and Carrie Ault owned the property at 3726 West County Road 1700 North. Officers went to the property Tuesday about 9:30 p.m. on reports of a strong odor coming from the farm.

When police arrived, they found nearly 100 dead animals in barns and around the property. The remaining animals, eight horses, two ponies, a llama, sheep, ducks, chickens, turkeys and rabbits were malnourished, officials said.

Investigators said the Aults helped run the Strawtown Auction in Hamilton County and that they were buying and selling the animals there.  Daniel Ault also recently bought a meat processing facility in Grant County, but detectives did not say if he used animals from his farm for meat.

Daniel Ault has an arrest record which includes a prior case of animal cruelty and two cases of check deception.

The couple has children and they have been taken into custody with Child Protective Services.

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