After 60 dead horses found, investigators warn it could get much worse

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620ETMJ.com – Wisconsin -Charles Benson, May 8, 2013

635029388024889026_e9566037bd934c1699f139c25ba01678_62001.5997083PLEASANT PRAIRIE – A horrific case of animal abuse gets worse. Sixty dead horses found on a farm and investigators fear there may be even more.

They suspect it could be one of the worst cases of horse abuse, ever. Many of the dead horses are buried in a mass grave in Kenosha County.

Police don’t know why so many animals are buried at the Pleasant Prairie farm on Russell Road.

Video from Chopper 4 shows investigators doing a lot of digging, bones are scattered everywhere.

They suspect some of the horses died within the last six months, but tests are being done to determine cause of death.

Pleasant Prairie’s Deputy Chief David Mogensen talked with TODAY’S TMJ4 Reporter Charles Benson about the investigation. He said he does not believe they have found all the animals yet.

Investigators were first called to the farm in Apr. 23. Horses, some malnourished, were rescued.

At that time five dead horses were found in their stalls. Tests show starvation contributed to their deaths.

The owners, Paula and David White, were arrested and charged with animal mistreatment
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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
15 Comments
  • Daryl

    they should have the book thrown at them, you do not treat any animal this way, let alone 60 or more. It is heart breaking, my brain does not want to think right now, it just wants good for these animals who are left.

    May 9, 2013
  • Linda Parker-Fedak

    Throw the book at them! STARVE them in their jail cells and see how they like it! Heartless and a total waste of human (?) DNA!!! Helpless animals needing people to take care of them. Why didn’t thowe a holes turn them out in a field? I am SO SICK of hearing about awful people doing terrible things to innocent animals! This cruelty needs to stop!

    May 10, 2013
  • Marge Mullen

    We need in a special way to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals are fellow creatures; that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. And that the basis for peace is respecting all creatures.

    May 10, 2013
  • Arlene

    Just when you think you are making some progress, it turns even more horrible then you could ever imagine !!!!!! Whatever is wrong with people??????????

    May 10, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    WHY did they have SO MANY? How can one go about your life knowing in the barn horses starving…. SO MANY died, honestly what kind of person could DO THIS…? So tragic and makes me sick to my stomach the cruelty of it.. Thank god they have saved a few that hopefully will still have a chance at a good life they so deserve. Thank You everyone for helping those horses…..

    May 10, 2013
  • Nancy Richards

    There are not enough words in the English language to describe how I feel right now. Nothing that can begin to come close about what these people have done. It’s sickening. I have never heard of case of abuse and neglect like this. I hope they are charged with everything that pertains to abuse, and are sentenced to the maximum penalty under the law. They deserve to rot.

    May 10, 2013
  • Why didn’t these people give them away rather than starve them. They need to go to prison for a long time not just a slap on the back. These are the worst kind of people. They could have called the spca or other organizations for help but chose to starve horses. So sad and disgusting.

    May 10, 2013
  • Sue Woods

    Every rescue in the United States should be inspected every three months. by a reputable party with no attachments to any of the rescues. Local Vets and their employees could make more of an effort in this too. I can hear you all cry “that would cost to much” If that was your beloved horse that ended up being rescued in this kind of frying pan of death would you still cry?

    May 10, 2013
  • Janene

    The book hell, starve them in a stall!!! This is just so wrong. Throw the book at them, give them jail time, WHY??? So they can get three hots and a cot! BS. Send them over to me, please!

    May 10, 2013
  • Arlene

    Having many other choices, they choose to starve them, sick and twisted is what they are , throw the book at them , put them in a cell then starve them !!!!!

    May 10, 2013
  • kumadee

    To all the pro-slaughter advocates out there I guess this shows that MANY of the horses left to die from starvation and neglect are NOT due to owners options being restricted but instead mentally ill or morally unfit human beings owning animals they have no right to. Any of these horses could have been sold in any agricultural auction – these people don’t want to do that. They own them and they feel fully entitled to do with them what they want. I’ve seen owners walking by their starving pets day after day and they don’t even SEE it anymore.
    There’s a special place in hell for these two.

    May 11, 2013
  • Brandy

    I am sickend and my heart hurts for the poor souls lost, this has been a tragic week for horses and people wonder why I do what I can to put an end to this…I rescue or facilitate, share and broadcast every killpen horse I can so that they all may have a second chance…too bad these poor babies didn’t get one. What the hell is wrong with “people’ and I am using the term lightly here…burning horses alive in a fire..for insurance (30) of em…:( !! Starving over 60 horses to death what the hell ?? WTF ?? THIS IS SO SO WRONG there is not a hell hot or deep enough for the kind of SOB’s who do this and that goes for “tripping” horses, starving, “wild horse racing “babies, ..some of the racing industry..and the %astard who beat and tortured the walking horses! I am SICK literally sickened by the atrocities we dish out to some of our most noble creatures!!!

    May 11, 2013
    • Arlene

      Dear Bandy I agree, Those poor Racing babies give their all on the Tracks !!!!! I cannot completely condemn Racing , most Trainers AND OWNERS TRULY DO love AND RESPECT THEIR horses , BUT COMPETITION IS SO STIFF SOME SURCCOMB TO IT , WHICH IS A DISGRACE, these people need to be weeded out !!!!! The Horses Love to run,and they love the competition , and they as a whole get the best of care !!!thousands have homes where would they be ???????? its those who can seem to keep it clean !!!!!

      May 13, 2013
  • ginger wilcox

    This happens over and over, the only way it will EVER stop is if people keep calling and Keep reporting and if the town/ county/ police/animal controls don’t do anything, get publicity, alert the media, get the spotlight turned on, not just on the disgusting ‘owners’, but the authorities whose job it is to do something about this. Letters, emails, pack the courtrooms, whatever it takes, to get the laws enforced, or create them where they don’t exist. If the agencies involved are incompetent, show them up and get rid of them. It takes the work of all who care

    May 12, 2013