5th horse dies following rescue of 55 animals from SE Minn. farm

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A fifth horse has died following the recent rescue of 55 horses, ponies, mules and donkeys from a Leroy farm in Filmore County, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

Authorities last month reportedly discovered the animals to be suffering from untreated wounds, severe emaciation and other health issues, along with several carcasses in various states of decomposition.

Four of the animals had to be euthanized, and a dozen of the horses in the worst shape were taken to University of Minnesota Large Animal Hospital in St. Paul for treatment.

The Post-Bulletin said the Animal Humane Society and Fillmore County Sheriff's Office turned over results of their investigation to the Fillmore County Attorney to determine whether there will be any criminal charges filed.

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