Couple charged with 12 more counts in horse abuse case

CREATED Feb 25, 2014

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE -- New charges were filed Tuesday against the Kenosha County couple who owned the farm where more than 60 dead horses were found buried in April 2013.

They were charged with 12 more counts in the case, several of them felonies.

According to TODAY'S TMJ4's Jonah Kaplan, police had exercised a second search warrant on the ranch. In the second visit to the 39 acre ranch, they dug up six horse carcasses.

Officials did tests on the bones and found out that the bone marrow was virtually non existent on each carcass. From those conclusions, police argue with the support of veterinarians, that those horses died of starvation and malnutrition.

The new charges -- six felonies and six misdemeanors -- were given, one for each of the horse carcasses that they withdrew.

"This court system and the proceedings that happen from here will vindicate us," one of the farm owners, David White, told Kaplan Tuesday.

This was a preliminary hearing and there was no decision of guilt or innocence. The judge simply ruled there was enough evidence to move the case to trial.