BAY VIEW, Wash. — Authorities have seized more than 170 cows from a farm in northwest Washington after about 50 cows were found dead on the property.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office found the cattle carcasses were improperly disposed of after complaints from neighbors prompted a search of the property in Bay View early last week.

Animal Control Officer Emily Diaz says most of the cows were seized Saturday with the help of between 15 and 20 people who were mostly volunteers with cattle experience.

Diaz says more cows were expected to be removed from the farm this week.

Skagit County Public Health issued a notice of violation to the property, which is owned by Roger and Marsha Pederson.

The newspaper’s efforts to reach the Pedersons were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Information from: Skagit Valley Herald,

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