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Police was called on Nov. 10 to investigate two horse shooting deaths. The dead horses had been boarded at the St Sauver farm in Scandia. In very short time, investigators focused on William Henry St Sauver, 30, who still lives at the farm with his parents and who is known to police due to his frequent problems with the law.

The owner of the two dead horses, Gloria Fritz, received a phone call from St Sauver telling her that hunters killed her horses. He said he had buried them for her.

This message sounded bogus to Fritz and she called the sheriff’s office. Officers responded but did not locate the missing horses’ bodies and St Sauver could not locate them. The officers returned the following day and St Sauver was burying the horses in a cornfield. St Sauver was arrested.

A search warrant was executed by investigators, and on Nov. 12, a thorough search was conducted at the farm. No itemized report of the results has been released. Officers arrested Paul Oney, 36, an associate of St Sauver, on suspicion of weapons and narcotics violations.

On Nov. 13 St Sauver was released from jail. Even though no charges were filed against him, the investigation remains open. The investigators are seeking additional information that is pertinent to the horses. According to Cmdr. Brian Mueller, the investigation is progressing cautiously since it is deemed an unusual case.

The horses’ remains were taken to the University of Minnesota’s veterinary clinic for examination. Mueller was unwilling to discuss the necropsies because of the open investigation. Other sources have printed that the horses were shot in the head with a hand gun, not a hunting rifle. In addition, the autopsy has determined that there are numerous rib fractures, purportedly indicating the horses were run over by a tractor.

Fritz said,

... The horses were shot to death. It wasn't from natural causes. They were very healthy and in good spirits.

Fritz hopes that the accountable person will be held responsible. She did not say whether she planned a lawsuit.

Mueller would not speculate when the investigation into the horses' deaths would be complete.

Source: Twin Cities

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