EAST BETHEL, Minn. (AP) — The Animal Humane Society in Anoka County has taken possession of 10 weakened horses after protesters alleged animal neglect.

An investigator for the Animal Humane Society says longtime horse breeder Lowell Friday signed over the release of his animals on Thursday.

Authorities removed the horses late last month. Protesters had alleged that Friday hadn’t been giving the horses enough food or exercise.

The 72-year-old horse breeder voluntarily surrendered three animals, which have been placed with families. The other seven were seized and are being cared for at the University of Minnesota Equine Center.

Friday still has another 50 to 60 horses on his 45-acre farm that straddles the border of East Bethel and Ham Lake. A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says they weren’t distressed enough to warrant seizure.

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Comments (3)
  1. JackieM says:

    Sad to see this. That is a lot of horses to have.

  2. Julie says:

    If the other horses aren’t showing signs of distress, why wait?
    Maybe this breeder is getting senile dementia and forgot he has horses…

    This is pathetically sad.
    I hope the starving horses recover, and I hope the ones still left there don’t end up like these poor horses. (Distressed is such a misleading word for this atrocity).

    1. RML says:

      That horse is way beyond weakened… it is nearly starved to death. I hope authorities are going to continue to follow up on the other remaining horses very frequently.

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