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LATEST: Clark County veterinarian determines rural Neillsville horse 'healthy'


Clark County (WQOW) - An online petition about a horse that was reportedly tied to a tire has prompted Clark County authorities to search an area property.

On Friday, August 25 around 6 p.m., the Clark County Sheriff's Office executed a warrant at N7339 State Highway 73 in the Township of Eaton, located near rural Neillsville. Authorities said the warrant was the result of a citizen petitioning the Circuit Court stating a horse on that property was "a victim of cruel and unusual punishment".

News 18 reported on August 16 when Connie Miller, a Marshfield resident who started the petition, said the horse deserves better. "It's heartbreaking to see an animal suffer like this," Miller said in the interview in August. Others involved in the petition said the horse is out in the elements day and night. 

According to a press release sent on Wednesday, deputies and a licensed veterinarian from the Grassland Veterinary Service met the owner, Hareld Heck, and located his horse.

Authorities said the vet examined the horse and found no medical issues present, as well as the horse was not underweight, water was present, and the horse showed no signs of abuse or neglect. The vet's report indicated it was healthy with no notable diseases or problems, as well as not in any pain or discomfort. The vet reported that he didn't see any evidence present to support cruelty charges.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office stated in the release:

"The horse has been a topic of social criticism recently with several people stating the horse is a victim of cruel and unusual treatment. It is our hope that the recent veterinarian examination of the horse and living conditions will bring the allegations to rest...Making false statements or allegations against someone is serious and may have legal consequences."

The sheriff's office said each complaint it receives about animal abuse and neglect is taken seriously and investigated.

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