A nine month investigation has come to an end with a Clark County man being fined for illegally removing official identification from animals he was transporting and selling.
According to the State Veterinarian’s office Timothy J. Heck of Neillsville, pleaded no contest to one charge of illegally falsifying, removing, altering and tampering with official identification (ATCP 10.92(4)). He is ordered to pay Clark County Circuit Court $1,270 plus court costs and fees totaling $1,458.
According to the case file, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) was notified in January 2011 that Heck was frequently observed illegally importing cattle from Minnesota and also illegally removing permanent identification in the form of metal ear tags and paper back-tags from bovine cattle and then reselling those animals. At that point, the Department asked Clark County District Attorney Darwin L. Zweig to issue a search warrant. Further investigation revealed that Heck frequently and habitually removed official identification tags and resold animals. The investigation began in January 2011 and concluded in October 2011. During this time, Heck’s Animal Dealer/Trucker license renewal was denied.