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Many Worry Horses In Marinette County Are Being Abused
Some in Marinette County believe a horse owner isn't giving his animals much water or shelter from the potentially deadly heat. Video by nbc26.comvideo
On a hot day, we're told a horse can drink up to 25 gallons of water. But some in Marinette County believe the horses in question, are not drinking any. They want something to be done before it's too late.
"There is no shelter for one thing. There's mares with babies out there with absolutely no shelter. Not even a tree," said Janelle Rymer, who lives down the road from the ranch of the horses in question.
On June 8th, Marinette County Sheriff's Deputies were called out to the property. Rymer says the owner doesn't live there, but has 25 horses. One horse was found struggling to hang on.
"There also was another horse that was down as well," said Rymer. "Long story short the vet was called in and both horses had to be euthanized."
"The ones that were put down, they were full of lice,worms and their feet were in poor condition. Not a stitch of fat on their heart," said Ida Soletske, police chief for the Village Of Coleman. "It's sad."
Soletske has been dealing with this case since 2002.
"There's been times that I went there in the summertime and i had the fire department come there and bring water," said Soletske.
Deputies tell us the case is now in the hands of the Marinette County District Attorney. It will be up to him to decide if the owner will face animal cruelty charges.
"What i don't want to see happen is to see this get swept under the carpet again," said Rymer. "Its been going on for several years and the horses are suffering. It hasn't gotten any better. Something needs to be done."
We tried to contact the horses' owner, but were unable to connect with him. If he's charged and convicted of animal cruelty, he could face hefty fines or even time behind bars.