Authorities in Minnesota are investigating the possibility that two horses starved to death while tethered to a tree.
The horses were found in a heavily wooded area in northern Minnesota by a hiker. One was still tethered to the tree, while the other appeared to have broken free before its death.
The Park Rapids Enterprise reports that a suspect had been interviewed over the deaths and charges were pending.
The animals’ bodies were found last week in woods in Hubbard County by resident Virgil Johnson. The animals were near Dorset Corner, east of Park Rapids.
He reported the incident to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and the Headwaters Animal Shelter in Park Rapids.
“I just can’t understand cruelty like this,” he told the website.
Sheriff Cory Aukes confirmed an inquiry was under way, saying that the landowner was not believed to be the person responsible.
In an update today, it was reported that a woman had been interviewed by police and that charges would be filed on Monday.