- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Authorities have removed 10 horses from a property northeast of Colorado Springs and cited their owner for animal cruelty.

Sgt. Greg White, a spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, tells The Gazette (https://bit.ly/1tXTObg ) the animals were seized Monday after the discovery of at least a dozen dead horses on the Black Forest property Friday. He says Sherri Brunzell, who was cited with misdemeanor animal cruelty, told investigators the horses died during the winter from colic.

She can petition the court to get her horses back.

White initially said investigators couldn’t legally seize the living horses because they weren’t in immediate danger. But the investigation took a turn Monday when a veterinarian’s examination gave the sheriff’s office probable cause to seize the animals and cite Brunzell.

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Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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