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Green Co. deputies arrest brothers in horse death

By Jennifer Hoff, jhoff@wisctv.com
Published On: Mar 13 2014 10:41:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2014 10:15:37 AM CDT

Only News 3 is answering your questions about horses viewers said are in trouble. They reported a group of Green County horses that weren’t being cared for, and reported little food and no water on the farm.

BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. -

Only News 3 is answering your questions about horses viewers said are in trouble.

They reported a group of Green County horses that weren’t being cared for, and reported little food and no water on the farm.

On Thursday an investigation into the claims led to an arrest.

Deputies arrested James Brumley and Jason Brumley after one of the horses they are caring for had to be put down this week. The pair said they’re helping the farm’s main caretaker, Dean Reed, who authorities said fled the state to avoid other arrest warrants.

The Brumley brothers were released from jail Thursday to care for the other 25-35 horses on the Blanchardville farm. Their mother spoke out about the animal neglect charge her sons face.

“If they don’t have hay, we’ve been making sure they have grain,” Brenda Brumley said. “They haven’t gone hungry.”

Authorities said the land owner won’t be charged in this case, but Reed will probably face charges.

“He’s the one that said to go ahead and use the purple spray on it, and that he would look at it whenever he got here,” Brenda Brumley said.

The purple spray is an antiseptic the Brumley’s used to care for the yearling Monday after it either fell through the barn floor or got caught in barbed wire.

Green County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Ellefson said the injury was significant.

“It’s not the worst neglect case I’ve ever handled, but it’s not your routine type of neglect case,” said Ellefson, who also serves as the county’s humane officer.

“If we knew it was our responsibility to call the vet, we would have,” Brenda Brumley said.

Authorities have been investigating complaints at the farm for three to four years, but Ellefson said the other horses are relatively healthy on a scale of zero to 10.

“Most of the animals that are there are between a three and a five, so you have some that are ideal and you have some that are just under ideal,” Ellefson said.

Ellefson said he’ll continue to monitor the farm several times a week. If conditions worsen, more charges could be filed against the brothers, and authorities could seize the rest of the horses.

The Brumley brothers are due in court for the first time April 28.

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