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Published April 23, 2014, 09:52 AM

Minn. woman charged with animal neglect appears in court

A Worthington, Minn., woman facing 11 felony counts of animal neglect resulting in death and nine misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of animals appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

By: Erin Trester , Forum News Service

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A Worthington, Minn., woman facing 11 felony counts of animal neglect resulting in death and nine misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of animals appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

Joan Mary Moore was summoned to court after Nobles County deputies investigated a report of remains of 15 horses on her property in Reading.

If convicted, Moore faces penalties of two years in jail and a $5,000 fine for each criminal count.

The criminal complaint alleges the deaths of the horses occurred between November and December 2013, and that the horses were in various stages of decay when discovered by deputies.

During court on Tuesday, prosecuting attorney Kimberly Pehrson stated the defendant had been compliant with the state and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office. Moore may remain released on her own recognizance, as long as she abides by the standard release conditions.

Moore will make her next court appearance May 6.

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