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Worthington woman charged in horses’ deaths appears in court

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WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- A Worthington woman facing 11 felony counts of animal neglect resulting in death and nine misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of animals appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

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Joan Mary Moore was summoned to court after Nobles County deputies investigated a report of remains of 15 horses on her property in Reading.

The criminal complaint alleges the deaths occurred between November and December, and that the horses were in various states of decay when discovered by deputies.

During court, prosecuting attorney Kimberly Pehrson said the defendant had been compliant with the state and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office. Moore may remain released on her own recognizance, as long as she abides by the standard release conditions.

If convicted, she faces up to two years in jail, a $5,000 fine for each count or both.

Moore’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 6.

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