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Wrenshall man forfeits horses seized by county

The Wrenshall farmer at the center of an ongoing animal neglect case agreed last month to relinquish ownership of 12 horses as part of a civil agreement with Carlton County.

In exchange, Henry DeVriendt Jr., 63, won't face criminal charges and also will not be responsible for financial costs related to last month's seizure and impoundment of 12 horses from DeVriendt's pasture located at 1196 Gault Road.

"Nothing in this agreement shall be construed as an admission that Henry Peter Devriendt Jr. violated any animal cruelty laws," said the Sept. 13 settlement agreement signed by both DeVriendt a...