Marcia Berg owns a little farm up north near Tower, Minnesota. Four horses, a cow and a goat were recently found dead there -- starved to death.
Now Berg, 45, faces a a misdemeanor citation for animal neglect which carries $3,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.[jump]
Neighbors turned Berg in after being horrified at what they saw on the farm. One neighbor, Lisa Anderson, said she saw piles of feces everywhere, and a dead horse lying on top of a pile. Anderson also found a living dog in a cage, its paws red from stepping in its own feces and urine.
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office found out about the situation on March 4. On March 18, deputies and a veterinarian from the Humane Society told Berg she must immediately give the animals water, food and shelter.
Several of Berg's animals are still alive: six horses, two cats, two ferrets, two goats, a dog, a cow, and a donkey. She wants to keep them, according to news reports, and the sheriff's office is allowing her to do so.