Dead horses discovered in rural Reading

WORTHINGTON – The remains of 15 horses in various stages of decay were discovered on a farm in rural Reading last week, according to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening. A veterinarian was brought out to assist deputies with the investigation. Although exact causes of death cannot be determined, Wilkening said it was readily apparent the animals had suffered from malnourishment.

The farm, located at 26188 210th Street, still has other livestock at the site, but Wilkening said they have food and water, and are healthy. After investigating the owner, formal reports have been sent to the Nobles County Attorney’s Office for charges.

Wilkening said he expects the charges will center around animal cruelty, abuse or neglect.

According to Minnesota statute, no person shall deprive any animal over which the person has charge of necessary food, water or shelter. A person who fails to comply is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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