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Man charged in animal abuse case spends weekend in jail

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PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Fillmore County man accused of neglecting more than 50 horses, ponies and mules last year spent the weekend in jail.

Wilbur Schmoll, 80, was held in the Fillmore County Jail because it was alleged that he had violated his release.

Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson said the allegation came after authorities received information that Schmoll may have purchased some horses at an auction near St. Charles and possibly still owned more animals in Mower County.

If true, the allegation would violate the conditions set forth by judge Robert Benson in January.

Being booked on Friday, Schmoll was released Tuesday after a court hearing with judge James Fabian.

"He was released after the judge indicated he needed to follow those conditions of release that he can't own or possess any horses," Corson said. "And then the judge indicated that he needed to sell the horses he had and provide proof of that."

Schmoll is facing 26 separate counts of animal negligence including improper disposal of animal carcases.

Schmoll is due back in court Aug. 20.

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