Updated: 09/19/2013 7:44 AM
Created: 09/18/2013 11:40 AM KSTP.com
By: Maricella Miranda
The fate of more than 100 animals allegedly abused at a Pine County farm remains unclear after authorities seized them last week from a farm near Pine City.
The Pine County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Sept. 12 at a farm on Holly Road following a month-long investigation into animal abuse allegations.
During the search, authorities seized 12 starving horses that were found in "filthy conditions," the sheriff's office reported Wednesday, Sept. 18. The next day, two of the horses were euthanized by a veterinarian because of their "deplorable condition."
Also, 21 dogs of various breeds were seized from "filthy pens and make-shift enclosures," the sheriff's office reported. Authorities also took 18 ducks and 84 chickens. At least one of the ducks was unable to float when placed in a cleaning tub, authorities stated.
The sheriff's office did not reveal the name of the farm's owner.
According to state law, the owner has 10 days to file a request for judicial review of the seizure of the animals, according to the sheriff's office. If the owner does not challenge the seizure, the sheriff's office can humanely dispose of the animals on Sept. 24.
Pending a judicial filing, the horses will be available for adoption through North Ridge Veterinary Services. Those seeking to adopt a horse are required to provide their name, address, phone number, a veterinarian's reference letter and the name of a current farrier - a person who trims and shoes horses' hooves.
Pending a judicial filing, the dogs suitable for adoption will be available through the Pine County Guardian Angel Shelter on Sept. 24. 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 more than $10,000 and increasing daily, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office is asking for donations to help these animals. Donations can be made in care of the Pine County Sheriff's Posse/Horse Fund, or sent to the Pine County Sheriff's Office, 635 Northridge Drive N.W. in Pine City.