UPDATE: Horses seized by Lafayette Co. will be turned over to new owners

Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 --- 7:30 p.m.

The horses seized by Lafayette County Sheriff's deputies back in February have become property of the county, and can now be turned over to new owners.

Sean C. Legault was charged with multiple counts of animal neglect, and the horses were seized after an investigation into Legault and his pasture near the community of Woodford in Wiota Township.

Legault could have obtained four of the horses as part of a civil court settlement, but was required to deposit $6,000 for their care. Legault chose not to deposit the agreed upon funds and lost all rights to their ownership.

Since February, one of the horses was unable to recover and died. Two other horses delivered newborns. In all, there are currently 13 horses to be sold or adopted. All adult horses have received vaccinations.

Anyone interested in purchasing any of the horses should contact the Sheriff.
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 12:57 p.m.

Lafayette Co. deputies have seized 12 horses from an address in Wiota Township as they investigate allegations of animal neglect. The remains of one horse were found on the property.

Citizens reported the alleged neglect at an address along Trotter Rd. in mid-January. The reports indicated the horses didn't have adequate hay or food.

Deputies contacted the owner of the horses, who is identified as 55-year-old Sean Legault of rural South Wayne. Authorities began to monitor the feeding of the horses, telling Legault he needed to increase feedings.

Deputies say the remains of a horse were found in the pasture where the horses were kept on February 10. Legault was taken into custody and booked on charges related to failure to properly dispose of an animal carcass. He was released form jail and monitoring of his animal feeding practices continued.

During later visits, deputies determined the horses still lacked enough food. A equine veterinarian also determined the animals suffered from neglect.

A warrant was obtained February 19, allowing authorities to seize the horses. Eleven were seized that day, with another horse expected to be seized February 20.

Legault has been formally charged with animal neglect and failing to properly dispose of the animal carcass. He is due in court next Monday.

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