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Omnibus hearing continued in horse starving case

A June 9 omnibus hearing has been set in the case of a Hubbard County women charged with leaving two horses to die over the winter.

As a mostly housekeeping matter, Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne asked Judge Robert Tiffany if the subsections of the Animal Cruelty Act could be amended against Minden Crenshaw.

Crenshaw, 28, is charged with tying the horses to a tree in a wooded area near Dorset Corner in April and leaving them to die of starvation. It is called one of the most egregious cases of animal abuses in the county.

Crenshaw, who has bailed out of jail, attended the hearing Monday in Park Rapids.

She requested permission from Tiffany to go back to her mother’s house near Dorset Corner to pick up personal items she said she left behind when she moved out of the residence in April.

That led to a tense exchange between Crenshaw and her mother about custody of Crenshaw’s two minor children.

“There’s no need to punish me by keeping the grandkids away from me,” the grandmother said from the courtroom audience.

Crenshaw is expressly forbidden to contact any of the potential witnesses in the case, including her mother, who has not been charged in the case.

There was a mention in court that a custody hearing is pending in the case of the children.

Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise

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