More Horses, Dogs Seized in Pine Co.
Posted at: 10/11/2013 11:31 AM
| Updated at: 10/11/2013 6:17 PM
By: Travis Dill
The Pine County Sheriff's Office seized more horses and dogs in connection with a previous animal neglect investigation.
Fourteen horses, 15 dogs and three cats were seized Thursday at an address on Pioneer Road after authorities executed a search warrant in connection with an animal seizure last month near Pine City. In the previous case 21 dogs and 12 horses were seized along with 84 chickens and 18 ducks.
Chief Deputy Steven Blackwell said the animals were in need of immediate care. Authorities found the owner's second farm after information came in from concerned citizens.
The animals were treated by veterinarians and brought to local shelters. Tracy Clymer is the resource coordinator for the Guardian Angel Shelter that accepted the dogs. She said the animals were tense and frightened when they arrived.
“The original location that they came from three to four of them, in some instances five, were in a single pen with no food and no water. It was a hellish circumstance,” Clymer said. “They are our companion animals. They love us and then to see them having been treated in this way it's sickening. It's just sickening.”
She said the dogs rescued last month were doing better, but they still hide food, which is a sign of past neglect.
“I don't believe they've forgotten what they went through. They wouldn't be caching,...hiding it with the straw and then uncovering it to eat,” Clymer said.
However, she said some of those dogs could be adopted within two weeks with rehabilitation and the love of new owners.
“So they are going to forget, eventually, with constant love and care,” Clymer said.
Deputies said charges have not been filed against the owner because the new evidence is still being processed. Chief Deputy Blackwell said neglect and abuse charges can vary between misdemeanors and felonies in Minnesota.
The Guardian Angel Shelter said the large number of dogs has caused them to dip into their winter resources, and Clymer said donations are welcome. She said monetary donations to the Hinckley Ag Center will help buy dog food in bulk. The shelter is a non-profit so donations are tax deductible.