Iowa Authorities Remove Allegedly Neglected Horse Herd

An Iowa man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after authorities removed 61 horses from his Bremer County property.

Bremer County Sheriff Dan Pickett said department personnel followed up on a complaint about the condition of horses on Steven Frahm's property in Sumner in November 2013.

“At that time, I don't think the situation was nearly as extreme as it became,” he said.

Thereafter, sheriff's department personnel and a veterinarian worked with Frahm to improve the horses' conditions. But on April 22 the sheriff's department removed 61 horses from Frahm's property; of those, six were euthanized due to their condition, Pickett said. Of the live horses removed, those in worst condition were placed with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa; the remaining live horses were placed at an undisclosed location, Pickett said.

Frahm voluntarily surrendered the horses, Pickett said. He was charged with one count of serious misdemeanor animal cruelty and 10 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, he said. Frahm is free on bond, Pickett said.

A message said Frahm's listed telephone number was not in service. He was unreachable for comment.

Pickett said Frahm was cooperating with law enforcement and animal rescue authorities.

“He has been helpful in the investigation and the removal,” Pickett said.

The case remains pending.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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