A western Missouri lawmaker is headed to court to face animal neglect charges. . .
State Rep. Warren Love was cited for a misdemeanor in August 2012, and the trial is scheduled for Oct. 24 . If found guilty, Love could face a fine or possible jail sentence. Prosecutors accuse Love of failing to provide adequate fencing and escaped cattle damaged an adjacent landowner’s property. 63 year-old Love said Thursday he cares for his animals well and denied that the cattle caused damage. Love, who runs a 40-50 cow-calf operation, said several calves last year got past an electric fence into a nearby field. He says several cows and calves crossed into the field because a tree had fallen over the fence. Love, a Republican from Osceola, was first was elected to the Missouri House in November 2012.