More than 100 horses have been seized from a North Dakota property where 96 horses were found dead.
The Morton County Sheriff’s Department acted under warrant after discovering 96 of the 215 horses on the ranch dead on Saturday.
Only the animals in the worst condition were to be removed from the property. The rest were to be cared for on the ranch, where there is reportedly adequate food and water.
Sheriff Dave Shipman told The Bismarck Tribune that the property owner had a “soft heart”
“My personal opinion is he just got in way, way over his head,” he said of the retired man. “He is cooperating with us, and he realizes that there is a problem.”
The case will go to the Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office for possible charges.
State veterinarian Susan Keller was reported as saying that recent cold weather may have been a factor.
“Sometimes, timing of lack of adequate feed and water and weather come together. That’s probably what happened in this situation.”