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Horse Owner Jailed After Skulls Found On Property

Last updated on Sunday, March 3, 2013

(ELLETTSVILLE) - A horse owner in Monroe County has been arrested after deputies found two horse skulls on her property.

Animal Control officers also took five of 34 horses from the farm located on Freedom Road about three miles south of Ellettsville. Deputies say those horses were under stress.

The owner, 54-year-old Ruth Chasse, was arrested and charged Friday night with two counts of failure to properly dispose of a dead animal and 5 counts of cruelty to an animal. She was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

Chasse says knew two of the horses needed to put on weight and says she was trying to help the animals do that.

When asked about the two horse skulls found on her property, she says one skull was from a foal that had been miscarried. The other skull came from an elderly horse that she thinks may have been attacked by coyotes.

The owner says she never neglected her animals.

Indiana law requires animal owners to properly dispose of a carcass. The property owner says she was not aware of the law and had she known about it she would have buried the bones.

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