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East Bethel man faces 35 counts of horse neglect

Jan 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) - An East Bethel man is charged with 35 counts of animal mistreatment after authorities discovered horses on his property that were so emaciated the outlines of their bones were visible under their skin.

On Thursday, Anoka County authorities announced charges against 72-year-old Lowell Friday.

Friday did not return a phone message, but has said the horses were properly cared for.

From August through November, 17 horses were removed from Friday's property. The complaint says the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center found those horses were emaciated and malnourished. Some had lice and parasites, and no visible fatty tissue.

All 35 counts are gross misdemeanors, alleging torture and malnourishment. Each carries up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Friday pleaded guilty in 2009 to a misdemeanor malnourishment count.

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