Posted at: 11/30/2012 11:35 AM
(ABC 6 NEWS) - Animal Humane Society Agent Kieth Streff, along with Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies removed 55 horses, ponies and donkeys from a farm property in Fillmore County yesterday.
Following a complaint about the property, an investigation by the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and humane agent Streff found animals suffering from untreated wounds, severe emaciation and other health issues.
Numerous carcasses in various states of decomposition were also found on the property.
The work in the case is involving multiple agencies from the area.
A dozen horses considered to be in the most acute condition were transported from the farm property to the University of Minnesota Large Animal Hospital in St. Paul for forensic examination.
The results of the exams will be reviewed by the county prosecutor to determine what, if any, criminal charges will be issued.
As of Friday morning, four of the animals had been euthanized due to severe health complications.
One has been deemed well enough for placement. The health condition of the remaining horses is still being determined.
The Animal Humane Society has recruited the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation to coordinate efforts with additional horse rescue organizations to treat, care for and place the animals.
The objective is to stabilize and improve the health of the animals so they can be safely transported to new owners.
The case is still an active investigation, more information may be available at a later date.