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10 horses in Magna died of dehydration, police confirm

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13 2014 1:10 p.m. MDT

Investigators have now confirmed that 10 horses found dead last month in a field near 9200 West and 3500 South died of dehydration.

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MAGNA — Investigators have now confirmed that 10 horses found dead last month in a field near 9200 West and 3500 South died of dehydration.

With that confirmation, the Unified Police Department announced in a prepared statement Wednesday that it will be "screening criminal charges against the horse’s owner later this week with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office for animal cruelty."

On July 18, police were called to the area near the Pleasant Green Cemetery after a resident found the bodies of several horses. A total of 10 deceased horses were discovered following an extensive search of the area. One horse was found alive.

The Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory determined the causes of death on all the horses to be dehydration.

The horse that was found alive has since been upgraded to good condition following treatment, Hoyal said.

He noted that the horses' owner has been cooperating with authorities in their investigation.

— Pat Reavy

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