A woman faces felony charges after the discovery of two horses in northern Minnesota which authorities allege were abandoned and died while tied to a tree.
The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office named the woman as Minden Ann Crenshaw, 28, of Park Rapids.
Sheriff Cory Aukes said his office received a report of two dead horses found tied to a tree in the woods near Dorset on April 12.
Deputies responded and found two young horses had been abandoned and had died of apparent starvation.
The investigation revealed that no shelter had been provided for the horses for the past three months and that the horses had not been fed or watered since about April 1.
Aukes said Crenshaw admitted to owning the horses and tying them to a tree on a neighbor’s property when her mother refused to let her have the animals at home.
When Crenshaw moved out of her mother’s house on April 1, she allegedly stopped taking care of the animals.
Crenshaw was arrested by deputies at her residence on April 19 and appeared in Hubbard County District Court on felony charges of animal neglect on Monday.
She faces three counts of mistreating animals, each punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and a $US5000 fine. She is accused of depriving the horses of food and water, abandonment and cruelty.
Crenshaw’s bail is set at $US25,000 unconditional and $US3000.
The bodies of the two horses had been found by a hiker. One had apparently broken free from the tree, but was dead a few feet away. The other died while still tethered to the tree.