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Horses found in poor health in rural Oakland

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OAKLAND, Minn. (KTTC) --  In November, 55 horses were rescued from a farm in Le Roy suffering from malnourishment and other injuries. Now, in another case of animal neglect, three horses have been taken from a residence in Freeborn County.

The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office and the Freeborn County Humane Society are investigating after four horses were found in poor health this week at 23939 885th Ave. in rural Oakland. One horse died before the animals could be relocated.  Two horses and one pony were removed from the farm and taken to a safe, undisclosed location.

"They had a facility that was extremely inadequate and I think that bothers me a lot," said Christa Stieler, shelter manager at the Freeborn County Humane Society.  "[They] had three large horses and a pony and very little shelter to get out of the elements and winter's not over."

Stieler was with the Freeborn County Humane Society when they responded to the report of possible animal neglect.

"There was one in particular - his spine is very prominent," said Stieler.  "The hip bones are very prominent.  Their stomachs are very bloated which, to me, probably means parasites."

According to Stieler, the horses did not appear frightened or agitated by people.  They are receiving veterinary care and are expected to recover.

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