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Sunday, Mar 9, 2008County: Douglas
» Shane Edward Javenkoski
» Pamela Kaye Javenkoski
Two South Range residents on Monday denied they were negligent in caring for a 9-month-old colt that later died.
In Douglas County Circuit Court, Shane Edward Javenkoski, 33, and Pamela Kaye Javenkoski, 47, each pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to provide food for a confined animal. Pamela Javenkoski also pleaded not guilty to providing improper animal shelter for the colt, which she was boarding for its owner.
Dubbed "Windchill" by the media, the colt was found malnourished and covered in ice and snow at the Javenkoski's farm on Feb. 9, according to the criminal complaint. That day, wind chills hovered between -minus 40 and minus 55 degrees. That same day, Theresa Farmer, the colt's owner, asked Kathi Davis and Jeff Tucker of nearby Rain Dance Farms to take the colt, which could not stand and was near death. Veterinarian Steve Meyer could not detect a pulse in the colt's frozen feet during a Feb. 12 examination and recommended the animal be put down.
The colt was making strides toward recovery - standing, eating and drinking - before he died Feb. 29.
Half a dozen Windchill supporters attended the initial appearances Monday wearing purple ribbons in honor of the colt.
"Animals should not be treated so poorly," said JoAnn Paul of Duluth.
"If you look at Windchill's Web site, you will see a lot of people all over the country wanted to be here today," said Sara Ward of Duluth. "We were the ones able to be here for Windchill."
She said they hoped to act as the colt's voice and raise awareness of animal abuse.
"We're here to show (cries) are not falling on deaf ears," said Barb Caskey of Duluth. "We care."
Pamela Javenkoski, who did not appear, was represented by attorney Jamy Johansen. Assistant District Attorney Jim Boughner requested a $1,000 signature bond for Pamela Javenkoski, but Court Commissioner Paul Baxter declined. If convicted, she faces up to nine months in jail and up to a $10,000 fine on each count.
Shane Javenkoski was ordered to provide a $300 signature bond to cover both the Windchill case and an unrelated count of disorderly conduct for an incident in February of 2007. The failure to provide adequate shelter count carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
- Superior Telegram - March 11, 2008
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