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Woman charged with animal neglect appears in court

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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington woman facing 11 felony counts of animal neglect resulting in death and nine misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of animals appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

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Joan Mary Moore was summoned to court after Nobles County deputies investigated a report of remains of 15 horses on her property in Reading.

If convicted, Moore faces penalties of two years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine for each criminal count.

The criminal complaint alleges the deaths of the horses occurred between November and December 2013, and that the horses were in various stages of decay when discovered by deputies.

During court on Tuesday, prosecuting attorney Kimberly Pehrson stated the defendant had been compliant with the state and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office. Moore may remain released on her own recognizance, as long as she abides by the standard release conditions.

Moore will make her next court appearance May 6.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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