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Published February 07, 2013, 02:42 PM

North Dakota officials want seized horses put up for adoption

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials in Burleigh and Morton counties who seized 157 horses from a New Salem man because of alleged neglect are asking a judge to order the animals put up for adoption.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials in Burleigh and Morton counties who seized 157 horses from a New Salem man because of alleged neglect are asking a judge to order the animals put up for adoption.

The horses were seized after authorities found 99 dead horses on the man's property in the two counties. Two of the rescued horses have since died.

The man has not been criminally charged.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that officials from the two counties called law enforcement officers, veterinarians and volunteers to testify about the condition of the animals during a 2 1/2-hour hearing Thursday.

The counties have petitioned the court to place the animals permanently in the custody of the two sheriff's departments.

Judge Bruce Romanick has 10 days to issue an opinion in the matter.

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