Dead Horses Found on Minnesota Farm, Survivors Removed

Nine allegedly starving horses were removed May 28 from a farm in Hewett, Minn., after Todd County sheriff's deputies discovered them, along with the carcasses of 19 other horses.

"The horses had been dead for a long time," said Wade Hanson, investigator for the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minn.

The surviving horses had body conditions between 1 and 3.5 on the Henneke scale, he said. Three of the animals were euthanized. The rest are in the care of the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation.

The horses were discovered May 25 when a Todd County Sheriff's Deputy visited the farm in response to a call that horses were running loose on road nearby.

The horses' owner was serving a monthlong incarceration for an unrelated charge when the horses were found.

No charges have yet been filed in the case, Hanson said.

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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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