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Chatfield man sentenced in animal cruelty case

NEAR CHATFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) — The Animal Humane Society says Jeremiah Smaglik was sentenced to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay a $900 fine following a guilty plea on charges of animal torture and cruelty last month.

Jeremiah Smaglik purchased seven horses from two separate organizations in 2018. Smaglik says all the horses were thin and had whip marks when he got them. He says after just a couple of weeks of care, some of the horses were gaining weight.

A complaint filed filed with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s office in October of 2018 described four quote “very thin” horses living in a tiny round pen without a roof. Then in late March of this year, deputies found two dead horses.

Shortly after that Smaglik voluntarily signed over the remaining five horses to the Minnesota Animal Humane Society.

Along with the fine and jail time, Smaglik is also ordered not to own any new animals in the future.

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