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Iron Range owner of horses that starved to death gets $385 fine

A woman charged with neglecting animals on a small farm near Tower has been fined $385 and can't own more than one farm animal in the future. Marcia Berg was sentenced in St. Louis County Court in Virginia last week after earlier pleading guilty ...

A woman charged with neglecting animals on a small farm near Tower has been fined $385 and can't own more than one farm animal in the future.

Marcia Berg was sentenced in St. Louis County Court in Virginia last week after earlier pleading guilty to charges that she neglected six animals that starved and died on the farm in Vermilion Lake Township.

Berg also received a suspended 90-day jail sentence and one year's probation and is now prohibited from owning any more animals except for the one horse she currently owns. Berg also must submit to monthly inspections by a Minnesota Humane Society investigator to check on the health of the horse.

Berg was issued a citation in March after an investigation found several dead animals and live animals that appeared starving on the dilapidated farm she owned. Photos of the farm, taken by neighbors, showed dead animals that appear to have starved, some in stalls filled with feces. There was no electricity or water on the farm.

Investigators said they found four horses, a cow and a goat dead at the scene, but it wasn't clear how long they had been dead. Several animals were still alive, including six horses, two cats, two ferrets, two goats and a dog, cow and donkey. All but one of the remaining animals, a horse, has since been removed from the farm.

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Berg could have faced up to a $3,000 fine and 90 days in jail for the misdemeanor offense.

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