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Woman and her elderly mother charged with animal cruelty in Pine County

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Pine County Sheriff’s Office has undergone a month-long investigation into many charges of starving, neglecting and abusing animals by two mature women, a mother and her daughter. The Star Tribune went public with information about the two alleged abusers on Dec. 27. Kathleen Mary Doenz, 65, and Gloria Irene Carlson, 86, have been cited with “five felony counts, five gross misdemeanor counts and four misdemeanor counts related to animal abuse and neglect.”

It was the concerned citizens in the area and their complaints that brought sheriff’s office personnel with search warrants in September and October. It turns out that Doenz is familiar to authorities for 10 years.

In 2006 Doenz avoided a jury trial about gross misdemeanor animal cruelty. Court records confirm she was charged in 2004 with 83 counts of neglect against horses and dogs when she failed to provide food, care, shelter and more. In that instance she was convicted of four counts of animal cruelty and fined $900, ordered to pay restitution of $6,321 and was placed on probation with property checks. She was ordered into psychological testing and was not permitted to keep or own animals.

One could say the ball was dropped along the way –

According to Steven Blackwell, chief deputy for the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, the last two searches offered up dogs, horses, cats and chickens confined in filth and inhumane conditions. All animals were in bad health – not much different than in 2004.

On Sept. 12, authorities seized 14 starving horses, 22 dogs, 84 chickens and 18 ducks. The second seizure on Oct. 10 discovered an additional 14 horses and 15 dogs with three of the horses being euthanized then and there.

Almost all of the dogs have been adopted. Six of the 28 horses still need homes at this time.

The animals have made gigantic strides back to health and being comfortable around people. In order to adopt, a new home should bring a letter of reference from a veterinarian and contact information for a farrier.

Sheriff’s office has helped with fundraising and more help is still needed. The horses urgently need homes in the immediate future. Contact Pine County Sheriff’s Office for information about adopting a horse.

Neither Doenz nor Carlson have been willing to speak with media.

Originally reported in Star Tribune

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