East Bethel Horse Breeder Charged With 35 Counts Of Animal Cruelty

Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 8:38 am

An East Bethel horse breeder has been charged with 35 counts of animal cruelty after an investigation showed that many horses on his ranch weren’t receiving proper care.

Humane Society agents have removed several horses from Lowell Friday’s Arabian Horse ranch in East Bethel over the past few months. Friday faces a fines of up to $105,000 and up to 35 years in prison on 35 counts of animal cruelty.

Authorities say seven horses were removed on Nov. 16, 2011 from Friday’s East Bethel ranch, after officials had already removed other horses on Sept. 10. Investigators received several complaints about the health and well-being of the horses.

During an investigation of the ranch conditions, authorities observed excessive accumulation of manure, pens without adequate fencing, sharp objects and other health hazards to the horses. WCCO reports that the water in the pens also appeared to be full of algae or contaminated.

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