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Animals at horse farm found dead; arrests made

These horses were among those rescued from horse farm Pleasant Prairie last week. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

These horses were among those rescued from a horse farm in Pleasant Prairie last week. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: June 7, 2013 6:12AM

Police in Pleasant Prairie, served a search warrant at a local horse farm last week and found five dead horses inside stalls and a number of other sick and malnourished horses, sheep, ducks and a turkey.

David and Paula White were charged with two felony counts of mistreatment of animals leading to death, according to Pleasant Prairie Police Chief David Smetana.

Melissa Melby, who runs Clawz and Pawz with her husband, Robert, in Union Grove, Wis., said they have the rescued animals at a barn they lease for their animal care organization.

“We took in all the animals — 23 horses and ponies, goats, lambs, sheep,” she said, adding, “They were in pretty bad shape.” Five cats and a dog went to the local Humane Society.

“There were five dead horses in their stalls,” she said.

The remaining animals are getting better. “Everyone is getting healthier and healthier. The sheep, geese and goats were in better condition” when they arrived than the horses, he said. Some of the horses were still in “bad shape” due to malnutrition.

They have a Facebook page with the same name, and people can make donations through PayPal to help care for the animals.

Their organization has a contract with five surrounding municipalities to provide animal control and shelter for animals taken in police.

She said the Pleasant Prairie Police Department went to the farm, Hidden Lake Stables, 1808 128th St., with a search warrant last week Tuesday after receiving a report of possible animal mistreatment.

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