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43 dogs, 6 horses removed from Wisconsin farm; charges possible

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More than 50 animals were removed from a Clark County, Wisconsin, farm over the weekend after the animals were found in filthy conditions.

Six horses and 43 dogs were taken from the property after the Clark County Sheriff's Office investigated a complaint that the animals had no water, food or shelter at the Pine Valley farm, WEAU reports.

After obtaining a search warrant, officials found the dogs were living in a residence that had feces and urine covering the floor, and had an "overwhelming smell of ammonia," KARE 11 notes. Six of the horses on the property were found to be in poor health.

The dogs were brought to the Clark County Humane Society, reports note, while the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation was called to take care of the horses.

The organization described the condition of the horses on its Facebook page, noting they were thin and in "really tough shape."

One horse – a 20-year-old mare – was found in "horrible condition," the organization said. The animal was "a skeleton stretched over a frame of bones, feet in bad shape and she is covered in lice and has almost no hair left on her body."

An update on the organization's Facebook page Thursday said the horses are "doing well" and starting to "look a little better," noting they are "appreciative of having food and water." All the horses have "eaten every bite of every meal we have put in front of them and they are drinking tons of water," the update says.

The sheriff's office is recommending the 53-year-old property owner face criminal charges, WEAU notes.

“We've had sort of an ongoing problem relating to dogs and horses with this particular person. I don't know that we've come across, in this county, this type of case, to this magnitude,” Clark County Humane officer Steven Struensee told the news station.

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