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LeRoy man pleads not guilty to animal abuse charges

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Court

Wilbur Eugene Schmoll, 80, of LeRoy Minn., has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts misdemeanor Overwork/Maltreat Animals including Torture and Deprive of Food and Shelter. Schmoll has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of Animal Health - Disposal of Animal Carcasses by Burial or Burning, one of which is of gross-misdemeanor level. The plea hearing comes after Schmoll was discovered to have been allegedly abusing animals back in November of 2012. The plea hearing was overseen by Judge Fabian on May 14. A settlement conference has been set for June 18, 2013 after the waiving of an omnibus hearing.

Reports claim that Schmoll had 55 horses seized from his farm, five of which were severely ill and had to be put down by veterinarians from the University of Minnesota.

Schmoll first appeared in court in front of Judge Robert Benson back on January 15. Since then, Schmoll has failed to appear to a hearing in mid-March. Penalties for the pending charges against Schmoll could range from 90 days to one year in prison, fines of up to $3,000, or both. If a conclusion at the settlement conference cannot be reached, the case will go before a jury to determine resolution.

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