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Friday, 28 September 2012 15:08

Owner Surrenders Dogs and Miniature Horses after Neglect Investigation

(HURON COUNTY) -- A 30-year old Fairhaven Township woman is facing animal neglect charges after deputies found several malnourished animals at a residence on Dutcher Road Wednesday afternoon. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says deputies were called after a report of two dogs that killed a goat. No one was home when deputies arrived and according to witnesses, no one had been around for days. Two Siberian Husky type dogs, a Springer Spaniel, two miniature horses, six live puppies and one dead puppy were found at the residence. Deputies believe the dogs killed the goat because they were hungry. One of the horses had wounds to its neck, which deputies also believe was the result of a dog attack. During their investigation, one of the dogs cornered one of the horses and started another attack. Deputies purchased food for the animals, which were checked by a veterinarian Thursday morning. All of the animals were found in poor condition, due to malnutrition and neglect. The animals were removed from the residence with cooperation from the 30-year woman. She informed deputies that the residence isn't always occupied. The dogs were taken to the Thumb Animal Shelter near Elkton and the horses are being boarded by a volunteer from the Filion area. An investigation continues.