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Associated Press, Published February 26 2013

Morton County plans to auction 22 rescued mules Saturday

BISMARCK – Morton County plans to sell 22 mules seized in an animal abuse case at public auction on Saturday in hopes of recouping some of the cost associated with the investigation and animal rescue.

Sheriff Dave Shipman said the county hopes to recoup the nearly $11,000 spent as of last week on the animal abuse case, according to a Tuesday story in The Bismarck Tribune.

Officials in Morton and Burleigh counties seized more than 150 horses and mules from properties belonging to William Kiefer last month after finding 96 dead animals on property northwest of New Salem and three more dead on pasture east of Bis-marck. Kiefer has been charged with several counts of animal mistreatment in both counties.

The sheriff’s departments put most of the 150 animals seized up for adoption after a judge ruled the animals were properly taken and should not go back to Kiefer. All of the animals from Burleigh County have been adopted, while 16 horses from Morton County are still recovering at Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue in Mandan.

The 22 mules will be sold Saturday at Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue. Viewing of the mules runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the sale starts at 1 p.m.