Test Finds Drinking Water Safe Near Mass Horse Grave

Police found 55 dead horses buried on a farm in Wisconsin

Friday, May 10, 2013  |  Updated 8:48 AM CDT
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Authorities are concerned carcasses could have polluted drinking water. Christian Farr reports.

Authorities are concerned carcasses could have polluted drinking water. Christian Farr reports.

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60 Dead Horses Found On Wisconsin Farm: Police

Police said 60 dead horses were found on the property of a Pleasant Prairie, Wis., farm. Fifty-five of the animals were buried in a mass grave, police said.
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Officials in Pleasant Prairie say tests have found the drinking water is safe on a farm where 55 buried horses were found.

The village says an independent lab analyzed samples collected from two wells on the property and found the water safe for drinking. Water in a nearby stream was tested by the Department of Natural Resources and also found to be safe.

Police said the dead horses were found buried just weeks after the farm's owners were arrested and charged with animal abuse.

Authorities first searched the Pleasant Prairie farm on April 9 after police received an anonymous tip and discovered five dead horses in barn stalls as well as partially buried horse remains.

Starvation was a contributing factor in their deaths, police said.

Paula and David White, the owners of the farm located on the 1800 block of 128th Avenue, were arrested and charged with animal mistreatment and neglect.

Authorities returned to the farm three weeks later with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and another search warrant. During a three-day search, they found the carcasses of 55 horses, 12 goats and two cows in two separate gravesites. The house on the property was deemed uninhabitable.
 

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