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Associated Press, Published December 18 2012

SE Minn. man charged with 25 animal cruelty counts

PRESTON — A southeastern Minnesota man has been charged with 25 animal cruelty counts and one of improper disposal of carcasses after authorities seized 55 horses from his farm.

A criminal complaint filed in Fillmore County Tuesday says investigators found numerous sick and starving horses on the farm of 80-year-old Wilbur Eugene Schmoll, and that five were so sick that veterinarians had to put five of them down.

The complaint alleges Schmoll has a history of animal neglect and is either unable or unwilling to provide adequate care for his horses.

Schmoll has not been arrested, but is due to appear in court Jan. 15.

Schmoll does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment. The prosecutor says he's not been notified of Schmoll having a lawyer.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.