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Case ID: 5803
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Friday, Oct 14, 2005

County: Marathon

Disposition: Not Charged

Abuser names unreleased

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department will not pursue charges of animal neglect against a woman in the town of Reid. The sheriff's department had received 11 other complaints regarding the residence this year, but officers did not find enough evidence of abuse each time.

Officers received a complaint on Oct. 14 that four horses on the Townline Road property looked feeble and malnourished. A veterinarian, Dennis Griffin, assisted in the investigation.

Griffin said the four horses did not have enough water and were eating manure along with the grass in their pen. The horses did not have hay in the pen, according to a police report. One of the horses, Griffin said, was not in good enough physical condition to survive the winter and should be euthanized, and a foal was growing poorly, according to the report.

The owner of the house said the previous owner had neglected one of the horses. She said the Wisconsin Valley Veterinarian Service had seen her horses in May.

Griffin said he would follow up on the matter. The sheriff's department closed the case but will reopen it if more neglect is reported.


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