Animals Seized from 2nd Farm in Pine Co., Abuse Suspected

Updated: 10/11/2013 3:32 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

A horse seized from the first search of a farm in Pine County, where authorities suspect the owner of abuse and neglect of animals.
A horse seized from the first search of a farm in Pine County, where authorities suspect the owner of abuse and neglect of animals.
Photo: Photo: Pine County Sheriff's Office

Pine County authorities have searched a second property related to a farm where more than 100 animals were previously seized after investigating accusations of abuse.

During the search Thursday, Oct. 10, the Pine County Sheriff's Office seized 14 horses, 15 dogs and three cats that were in "very poor health and in need of immediate care and removal." Partial remains of a horse were also found.

The farm is located on Pioneer Road in Pine County.

The first search occurred Sept. 12 at a farm on Holly Road following a month-long investigation into animal abuse allegations. During that search, authorities seized 12 starving horses that were found in "filthy conditions," the sheriff's office reported. The next day, two of the horses were euthanized by a veterinarian because of their "deplorable condition."

Also, 21 dogs of various breeds were seized from "filthy pens and make-shift enclosures," the sheriff's office reported. Authorities also took 18 ducks and 84 chickens. At least one of the ducks was unable to float when placed in a cleaning tub, authorities stated.

The sheriff's office has not revealed the name of the farm owner.

The search occurred after the investigation revealed that more properties were operated by the same owner.

The animals seized in the second search are in the care of rescue organizations and veterinarians for immediate treatment and assessment, the sheriff's office reported. According to state law, the owner has 10 days to file a request for judicial review of the seizure of the animals.

Read more about the first search here.