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Stacy Bettison, Minnetonka, Minn., Published August 31 2013

Letter: Proper actions taken in horse neglect case

On Aug. 28, Otter Tail District Court Judge Waldemar B. Senyk sentenced one of the defendants in the Vergas, Minn., criminal horse neglect case to one year in prison. The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition applauds both Senyk’s vigorous sentencing in this case and Otter Tail County Attorney David Hauser and his office for pressing charges in the first place.

Too many times, humans inflict the unthinkable on horses – they hoard, they neglect, for years on end, without repercussion, without remorse, without apology. This case exemplifies the inexcusable failures on the part of certain horse owners to provide for their horses’ most basic needs.

We in the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition hope that the sentencing and disposition of this one defendant in Otter Tail County serves as a guide for responsible horse owners and others in law enforcement.