Alleged mistreatment of horses again at farm in East Bethel, Minn.


Back in 2007, the Fox 9 investigators showed graphic images of malnourished, dehydrated and sick horses from Lowell Friday's farm in East Bethel, Minn.  Again today, questions continue about his treatment of animals.

"In my opinion they were very dirty," potential buyer Brandon Loftus said. "Algae, manure, mud, all in the water."

Loftus went to the NV Horse Farm on Sunday looking to buy a horse.  He said he saw nine horses without adequate shelter, food or drinking water.  He left even more worried about the horses he didn't see.

"He has other horses he didn't want us to see," Loftus said.  "Why? In my opinion that's where he hides horses he doesn't want people to see."

It's not the first time such allegations have been made against NV Horse Farm and its owner Lowell Friday.  Back in 2007, images came forward of the emaciated horses, and a sick foal that later died of dehydration and parasites.

And in 2011, the Fox 9 investigators were there when the Human Society seized 18 malnourished horses with ribs and hip bones visible.  Friday was charged with 35 counts of animal neglect.

On a technicality with the search warrant, all charges were dropped.  But Friday never got the horses back.

Loftus said Friday keeps the horses on the back acreage, away from the highway, and away from prying eyes. And he continues to advertise his horses for sale on Craigslist.

"Is this about a guy who has a different standard of care, or about a guy who doesn't care? I think he does generally care but too many horses," Loftus said.

The Human Society tells Fox 9 it will be investigating Loftus' complaint.  But Friday's farm continues to stay in business. And there's no sign anything will be different this time around.

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