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Neglect charges filed in Nobles County horse deaths

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WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Attorney’s Office filed charges Tuesday against a rural Reading woman after horses were found dead last week on her farm.

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Joan Mary Moore has been charged with 11 counts of felony animal neglect. Each count alleges that she neglected a horse and that the animal died as a result.

Each count carries a penalty of up to two years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

She also has been charged with additional counts of animal cruelty at a lesser level with regard to horses that are still alive.

Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening said last week that a veterinary who accompanied deputies to the farm counted the remains of 15 horses “in varying states of decay.” Nine horses on the farm were still alive.

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