Police received numerous reports from neighbors before dead horses were discovered
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PLEASANT PRAIRIE - We now know health concerns were raised about horses at a Kenosha County farm where investigators found dozens of dead horses. Police reports show there were numerous calls with concerns about the horses at Hidden Lake Stables in Pleasant Prairie.
Investigators found 60 dead horses at the farm – five apparently died from starvation. Tests will determine the cause of death for the others. 23 horses were removed in a raid last month.
The owners David and Paula White are charged with animal mistreatment and neglect. They weren't talking to reporters about the case when leaving the courtroom Tuesday.
Records show Pleasant Prairie police were called to check on the horses more than a dozen times since 2003. Callers reported: Horses that looked really skinny or not taken care of and malnourished or in poor health.
Police checked out each allegation and in almost every case found no evidence of mistreatment.
But in 2009 police ordered in a Veterinarian to check on the horses and found some to be pretty thin. The owners were given 90 days to improve the health condition of the horses or face charges. They complied.
"We want to piece this together," said David Mogensen, Pleasant Prairie's Deputy Chief.
He's hoping that missing piece of the puzzle will come from the public
"We are looking for any information on people that may have dropped horses off at that location or know where the horses came from or know about any of the conditions that took place there." said Mogensen.