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Published March 28, 2014, 09:25 AM

15 dead horses discovered on Minn. farm

The Nobles County (Minn.) Attorney’s Office is investigating a case of animal neglect after the remains of 15 horses were discovered earlier this week on a farm west of Reading.

By: Julie Buntjer , Forum News Service

READING, Minn. — The Nobles County (Minn.) Attorney’s Office is investigating a case of animal neglect after the remains of 15 horses were discovered earlier this week on a farm west of Reading.

Nobles County Sheriff’s deputies were called late Tuesday afternoon to investigate a report of dead horses on the acreage at 26188 210th St.

According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, the deputies were accompanied to the farm by a veterinarian from the Veterinary Medical Center in Worthington. Upon arrival, the veterinarian counted the remains of 15 horses “in varying states of decay,” Wilkening said. Nine horses on the farm were still alive.

Wilkening said he could not release the name of the individual who owned the horses at this time, as formal charges have not yet been filed.

It was apparent during the investigation that the horses had been starved.

“(They) ran out of money and didn’t have money to buy hay,” Wilkening said. “In (the vet’s) professional opinion, these animals were not receiving the care they needed. It was readily apparent the horses were malnourished.”

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