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Animal cruelty investigation underway in Fillmore County

31 animals removed from rural property.

Posted: Apr. 9, 2018 5:38 PM
Updated: Apr. 10, 2018 6:16 AM

FILLMORE COUNTY, Minn. – Thirty-one animals have been removed from a property in rural Fillmore County.

Sheriff Tom Kaase says 18 rabbits, 8 ducks, and five chicks were taken from the property after they were observed living in unsanitary and overcrowded cages. The Animal Humane Society says it received multiple complaints about animals on this property and sent an agent to investigate. The agent says several of the animals appeared to be suffering from untreated injuries and health problems.

After contacting the property owner and recommending ways to improve the animals’ living conditions, the agent says the owner’s response suggested she was unable or unwilling to make such changes.

The Humane Society then worked with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office to get a search warrant and remove the animals. They have been quarantined at the Animal Humane Society for care and treatment and a criminal animal cruelty investigation is pending.

Sheriff Kaase says “animal welfare cases are often emotionally charged and complicated and this case is no exception.” He asks people to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathers and the investigation is completed.

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