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Lafayette County man charged for neglect of his horses

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LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) -- A dozen horses have been taken from a man in Lafayette County accused of animal neglect.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation started after citizens reported a lack of hay and other feeds being made available for the horses at a location along Trotter Road in Wiota Township in mid-January.

Sheriff’s Deputies made contact with the owner of the horses, 55-year-old Sean Legault, of rural South Wayne. Since the initial reports, Legault has been monitored in feeding the horses and directed to increase the feeds being provided.

Last week, a deputy found the remains of yet another horse in the pasture where these horses have been kept. Mr. Legault was taken into custody on February 10 and was booked into the Lafayette County Jail at that time on charges relating to his failure to properly dispose of an animal carcass.

Legault was released from jail and the monitoring of his feeding practices continued, but during monitoring over the last two days, officials found the horses continued to be lacking adequate feed rations. An equine veterinarian determined the animals are suffering from neglect on Wednesday.

The Lafayette County Circuit Court
issued a warrant for the seizure of the horses, and on Wednesday afternoon, 11 of the horses were successfully secured and transported to a farm elsewhere in Lafayette County. The one additional horse was not able to be subdued. There's efforts to seize that horse on Thursday with the intent of also moving that horse to the location where the others are being cared for.

Legault has been formally charged by the Lafayette County District Attorney for charges of animal neglect and failing to properly dispose of the animal carcass. Legault is due in court next Monday.
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