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Find details about criminal and civil court cases in Minnesota, and court calendars, at:
For a publication by the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) about animal abuse (link also has other publications as pdfs):
The links below provide a listing of some animal cruelty cases in the State of Minnesota. (Some information on links is not updated; use for general overview. Check with individual county district courts for most recent data.)
A few examples of cruelty cases in Minnesota
• NEWS: Princeton, MN: Anthony Sather case.
UPDATE: Sather released from jail: Sherburne County releases Sather from jail
Sather sentenced to one year in jail, 4 years probation and multiple conditions. At sentencing, Judge Hayes said he's only had one other case in his 20 years on the bench that was this disturbing.
Sather savagely beat and killed his then-girlfriend's dog named Draco and videotaped the act. Sather pleaded guilty.
• NEWS: New Brighton, MN: Neal Zumberge
Trial held for Neal Zumberge, a New Brighton man who killed his neighbor. Early reports stated that the killing was due, in part, to his neighbor (Todd Stevens) feeding deer. Steven's girlfriend testifies other dead animals, including a beheaded squirrel, mutilated bird, and body parts of deer were left in their yard.
• NEWS: Rock County, MN: Christensen Farms
UPDATE: The county attorney has declined to press charges.
A complaint was filed by Last Chance for Animals against Christensen Farms (large hog production facility) in Rock County, MN for animal cruelty.
• Savage, MN:
• Shakopee, MN: Animal advocates speak up about conditions at Eagle Pet Center
• Washington County, MN: Man accused of beheading dog with machete
• Harris, MN: Ruling sends cat slaying case back to district court
• Spring Valley, MN: SE MN man pleads not guilty to shooting, killing neighbor's dog
• Meeker County, MN: Neglected animals seized from Meeker County home
• Northfield, MN: MN man charged for burglaries and killing family dogs
• Dakota County, MN:
• Cass County, MN:
• Pine County, MN:
• Cass Lake, MN: Man sentenced for poisoning animals with anti-freeze
Minnesota: Neglected and dead horses found at farm.
April 6, 2011
The Morris Sun Tribune - "The eyes are dead, the backs and bellies sag and the hides appear draped over protruding ribs and haunches. But at least they are alive. About half of the 14 horses removed from a rural Starbuck home last week in an animal hoarding and neglect case are expected to be placed with private owners and foster caretakers..."
March 30, 2011
Duluth News Tribune — The owner of a dilapidated farm near Tower (MN) where at least six animals died of starvation was issued a misdemeanor citation for animal neglect. Neighbor says officers responded slowly to reports of dead animals and squalid conditions on dilapidated farm. For full story, click on link above.
Minnesota: Animals Rescued from Commercial Breeder
On January 14, 2010, a team from the Animal Humane Society rescued 51 dogs housed from a breeding facility in rural Minnesota. The call to AHS came after local authorities responded to three different calls about the operation. At this facility, a high number of dogs of various breeds were found living in deplorable conditions. They were not provided exercise and experienced little to no human contact. The owner surrendered the animals into the care of AHS.
Minnesota: Animals seized from Minneapolis breeder