Bruce Breun, one of two people charged with horse neglect on a farmstead near Perham last fall, entered a not guilty plea in Otter Tail County District Court on Tuesday.
A jury trial on the matter is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. August 6.
Allison Breun, the other party charged, was also in court on Tuesday. She requested more time to review the charges and evidence. Her next hearing was continued.
Charges were previously filed against the Breuns in connection with 11 neglected horses rescued in November. A lengthy complaint is associated with the case, with charges relating to each of the horses separately.
Otter Tail County deputies had previously obtained a search warrant to gather evidence at the farmstead north of Perham. The horses were discovered in various conditions of neglect.
Assisting with rescue of the horses, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, was Char Tuhy, who co-owns the High Tail Horse Ranch and Rescue near Hawley, Minn.
Tuhy trains and heals rescued horses and ponies. She said most of the 11 horses are now fully recovered and are looking really fit. Some will require training.
By Tom Hintgen
Otter Tail County Correspondent for the Perham Focus