Horses found neglected in Fillmore County now recovering in Elk River, Minn.

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Photo credit Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition

Several horses are recovering after they were found neglected and starving Monday in Fillmore County, Minnesota.

According to the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office, authorities received a report of horses not properly cared for in Chatfield, Minn. When they investigated, officials found two horses dead on the property.

The remaining horses were voluntarily turned over to the Animal Humane Society by the owner. Officials are investigating the case. 

In the meantime, eight horses were brought from the property to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services for recovery.

According to the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, a whistleblower alerted them to the situation. Then, they worked with authorities to assist in the response.

Vice President of the MHWC, Stacy Bettison, said that one of the eight horses, a large bay gelding, was receiving IV fluids at the clinic, but ultimately did not make it.

Statement from Barbara Colombo, President of the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition: 

"This case is catastrophic. There is simply no excuse for starving or neglecting an animal. Offenders like the horse owner in this case must be held accountable and prosecuted for their crimes to the full extent of the law. These animals — who cannot articulate the harm, torture and suffering they have experienced — deserve at least that."

You can find more information about the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, including how to donate, here.