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Horse-Neglect Suspect Agrees to Relinquish Horses

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CARROLLTON, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois woman whose alleged mistreatment of horses left at least nine of the animals dead has agreed to give up an additional 26 surviving horses.

Greene County prosecutors earlier this month charged 41-year-old Stacey Kempf of Jerseyville with 30 misdemeanor counts involving the misconduct authorities say happened between last December and the end of last month. Some charges allege she failed to properly dispose of nine horses after they died.

The Telegraph of Alton reports that Kempf agreed to relinquish the surviving horses to Central Illinois Horse Rescue, which will try to find adoptive homes for the animals.

Kempf, free on bond, is to appear in court April 4.

She does not have a listed home telephone number, and it’s not clear if she has an attorney.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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