Mistreated horses up for adoption in Pleasant Prairie

CREATED Jun. 29, 2013

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE -Nearly two dozen horses discovered on the verge of starvation two months ago have a shot at a new life.

The Kenosha News reports the village of Pleasant Prairie is putting the horses, as well as 20 ducks, seven sheep, a bull and a peacock up for adoption starting Wednesday.

The owner of a Pleasant Prairie farm where the animals were found in April has pleaded not guilty to allegations of animal mistreatment.

Prosecutors claim the carcasses of 55 horses, 12 goats and two cows were found on their farm.

The surviving animals were on the verge of starvation, and some had scars from harnesses left on too long. A few were sharing stalls next to dead animals.