PINE COUNTY, Minn. - Dozens of animals were seized from a Pine County farm after authorities discovered them living in conditions described as filthy.
Pine County Sheriff's deputies executed a warrant on the property September 12, and seized 12 starving horses covered in filth. Two of those horses had to be put down by a veterinarian due to their deplorable condition.
In addition 21 dogs of various breeds were seized from filthy pens and makeshift enclosures. Investigators also removed 18 ducks and 84 chickens from the property.
The owner of the animals is not yet charged and is not being named as the investigation has not been reviewed by the Pine County Attorney's Office.
By Minnesota State Statute the owner has 10 days to file a request for judicial review of the seizure of the animals. If the owner does not file a challenge, the Sheriff's Office can decide the fate of the remaining animals on Tuesday, September 24.
If the owner does not file to have the animals returned, the horses will be available for adoption through North Ridge Veterinary Service, LLC. Those seeking to adopt a horse are required to provide full name, address, phone number and a veterinarians' reference letter along with the name of your current Ferrier.
Pending a judicial filing the dogs suitable for adoption will be available through the Pine County Guardian Angel Shelter on September 24. Adoption is dependent on the new owner agreeing to have the animal spayed or neutered. Two of the dogs are pregnant and litters are expected soon.
The sheriff says the cost of caring for the confiscated animals has already reached over $10,000 dollars and increasing daily. The Sheriff's Office is excepting donations from individuals or groups interested in the rescue of these animals.
Donations can be made in care of the Pine County Sheriff's Posse/Horse Fund, and mailed or delivered to the Pine County Sheriff's Office.
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