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Charges filed in horse abuse case

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Charges have been filed against the owners of the 11 horses seized Nov. 9 from a farmstead north of Perham.

Assistant County Attorney Heather Brandborg said owners Bruce and Allison Breun will appear in district court for an arraignment on Monday, Jan. 28.

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Brandborg described the horse case as, "a lengthy complaint." Charges are complex, and relate to each of the 11 horses individually, she said.

Assisting with rescue of the horses, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, was Charlotte Tuhy, who, along with Joel Hildebrandt, owns the Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue near Hawley, Minn. Tuhy trains and heals rescued horses and ponies.

Otter Tail County Sheriff's Deputies had previously obtained a search warrant to gather evidence at the Perham farmstead.

Tuhy said that, unfortunately, it's become more commonplace to find horses in distress. Late this year, the Hightail ranch was near capacity. Horse owners this past summer, due to the drought, lost many acres of lush pasture. Hay prices doubled in many areas.

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