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UP Farmer Pleads In Cruelty Case Involving Donkeys

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John Koski - Photo courtesy of MLive John Koski - Photo courtesy of MLive
ONTONAGON, Mich. (AP) - An Upper Peninsula farmer has pleaded no contest in an animal cruelty case involving donkeys provided by state officials to protect his cattle from wolves.

John Koski made the plea Thursday.

Officials say that donkeys put in Koski's care by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to combat wolf
 conflicts at his Ontonagon-area farm were neglected, causing the deaths of two of the animals.

Koski was ordered to pay $1,800 in fines and costs.

A no-contest plea in Michigan is not an admission of guilt but is treated as one for sentencing purposes.

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