NEW ULM — Jeremy Reed, chief deputy of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, and New Ulm veterinarian Dr. Nancy Peterson took the witness stand Thursday in the trial of a 44-year-old rural Sleepy Eye woman accused of animal abuse in Brown County District Court.

In November 2020, the Brown County Sheriff‘s Office received a complaint from a person who boarded at Candi J. Lemarr’s Sapphire Horse Farm, a riding and training facility. She claimed the horses were emaciated.

Authorities and a New Ulm veterinarian quickly visited the facility. Seven horses, three donkeys and a pony were seized and held at the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation in Zimmerman.

Brown County Deputy Chief Jeremy Reed testified Thursday that Lemarr and horse owner Stacey L. Meyer of Fayetteville, Iowa, who boarded several horses at Lemarr’s farm, got into a fight over money. money and that Meyer’s horses were in much worse condition after spending time with Lemarr. cultivate.

“The result of the vet’s inspection was that there were too many animals to feed (at Lemarr’s farm) and you could see their hips, ribs and other bones,” Reed testified.

Dr. Nancy Peterson, DVM, of the New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center said she was contacted by Brown County law enforcement to conduct a humanitarian site visit to the Lemarr Farm on November 23, 2020.

“She had 19 horses, 12 to 14 goats, 20 to 30 chickens, two dogs and cats,” Peterson testified. “In the first paddock, I saw no hay, no bunks, no feeding points, and smaller, too skinny horses that looked rather rough. They had dull coats, were skinny, and didn’t hadn’t been treated lately.

Peterson testified that she touched the back of one of the horses, “NOT A WORD” and described him as underweight, considering that he arrived at Lemarr’s farm underweight.

Additionally, Peterson testified that a water tank did not have a tank heater that would allow the water to remain thawed in the winter.

“I didn’t see any litter or food in the stalls. The ground was filled with dirt and manure,” Peterson testified. “The horses needed more bedding. They did not have the coat or body condition rating for winter.

Peterson testified “Vets should be involved in rehabilitating horses if something goes wrong because they know what they’ve done.”

Stacey Meyer’s daughter, Elizabeth Meyer, testified that she was “disgusted” by the state of the family’s horses after their stay at the Lemarr farm.

“The horses had no meat on their bones. They were covered in their own excrement. We photographed them.” Elizabeth Meyer testified. “After they were returned to us, they really gained weight after 30 days.”

Elizabeth Meyer was the final prosecution witness.

Mankato defense attorney James J. Kuettner called his first witness, Dr. Janelle Kay Louwagie, a pharmacist at Marshall Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

Louwagie testified that she took her daughter to Lemarr’s farm two to three times a week for horse grooming lessons and noticed a few horses covered in manure that she was told were from a breeder in the ‘Iowa.

“I never had any worries about our horse boarding at Candi Lemarr’s farm” Louwagie testified. “I have never seen a dirty stall. It’s a new farm, a safe environment. I would like to have it. It’s bigger and better than what I have right now.

Louwagie testified about Lemarr’s horses “were in peak physical condition.”

The trial continues at 9 a.m. Friday in Brown County District Court.

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