Pine County Sheriff’s Office Announces Annimals Seized In Neglect Case

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 11:19 am


Press Release:

“On September 12th 2013 the Pine County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a farm on Holly Road in rural Pine County. The search warrant was in connection with a month long investigation into allegations of animal abuse occurring at the farm near Pine City.


During the warrant Sheriff’s investigators and Deputies discovered and seized 12 starving horses in filthy conditions. The following day two of the horses were put down by a veterinarian due to their deplorable condition.



21 dogs of various breeds were seized from filthy pens and make shift enclosures. Also seized were 18 ducks and 84 chickens which were covered in filth, at least one of the ducks was unable to float when placed in a cleaning tub.



The owner of the animals is not being named at this time, as the investigation has not been reviewed by the Pine County Attorney’s Office for charging.



By Minnesota State Statute the owner has 10 days to file a request for judicial review of the seizure of the animals. If the owner does not file a challenge, the Sheriff’s Office can humanely dispose of the animals on Tuesday,September 24.



Pending a judicial filing, the horses will be available for adoption through North Ridge Veterinary Service, LLC. Those seeking to adopt a horse are required to provide full name, address, phone number and a veterinarians’ reference letter along with the name of your current Ferrier.



Pending a judicial filing, the dogs suitable for adoption will be available through the Pine County Guardian Angel Shelter on September 24th 2013. Adoption is dependent on the new owner agreeing to have the animal spayed or neutered. Two of the dogs are pregnant and litters are expected soon.



The cost of caring for these animals is over 10,000 dollars and increasing daily. The Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations from individuals or groups interested in the rescue of these animals. Donations can be made in care of the Pine County Sheriff’s Posse/Horse Fund, and mailed or delivered to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office.”




  1. Concerned 09/18/13 at 12:55pm

    This is not the first or the second time this has happened at this farm, how can the people continue to get animals after this happens? I hope for the sake of future animals they execute some sentence that forbids them from having animals again, otherwise it will happen again! Truly sad and heart breaking!

  2. Jamie 09/19/13 at 12:40pm

    Who do you contact for adoption of the chickens and ducks?

  3. Linda 09/19/13 at 12:59pm

    If these poor animals were starving, why in the world did there have to be a month long investigation, made them suffer a whole lot longer!

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