Owner of seized horses faces animal cruelty charges


The owner of a Fillmore County farm where investigators seized 55 horses last month faces more than two dozen animal cruelty charges, Winona Daily News reports.

According to a criminal complaint, 80-year-old Wilbur Eugene Schmoll is accused of neglect and improper disposal of dead horses. The document cites graphic descriptions of starving horses with other various infections.

In once instance, investigators found several dead horses, including six piled in a small hole where dogs were eating them.

Five horses had to be put down and about a dozen are being treated at the University of Minnesota Large Animal Hospital in St. Paul.

Schmoll is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 15.

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