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Horse lovers raising money to pay vet bills


SHIOCTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- A group of horse lovers is trying to raise money to care for some abandoned sick animals.

There were ten horses on a farm near Rosholt operated by Juslain LuMaye. She owned some of the horses, and boarded others for other people. Some of the horses were suffering from strangles, which develops painful abscesses on the horse’s necks.

The Stevens Point Journal reports the horses were relocated to a Shiocton area farm owned by Kelly Radtke, who has quarantined these horses away from her own, and has about $3,000 in veterinary care invested since LuMaye dropped off the horses and failed to return.

Of the ten horses, one died, and three others were returned to their owners in other locations. Two of the remaining six have the disease. Outagamie County investigators say there is no evidence of abuse, so it will probably lead to a civil case for Radtke to recover money for the vet bills.

Supporters have started an online fundraising site to help Radtke handle the veterinarian bills.