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Bureau County beagle and horse case taken to Springfield

Posted by wlpo on March 6, 2014

The fate of seven horses and over a dozen beagles in Bureau County is in the hands of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Members of Illinois Valley Animal Rescue testified in Springfield Wednesday that the beagles and horses should not be returned to owner Dan Labounty in rural Arlington.  They argue Labounty has had the animals living in unacceptable conditions for many years.  The animals are temporarily being cared for by members of the Bureau County Animal Control Office.

Heidi Milner with IVAR says a judge is expected to give a ruling on the situation in about a week.  Meanwhile an online petition pleading for the horses and beagles to not return to their owner has reached over 26,000 “signatures”.

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