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UPDATE: Antrim Co. Couple Charged With Animal Neglect

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In this update, an Antrim county couple accused of neglecting 18 horses are now charged with the crime.

Deputies, along with more than 30 volunteers, removed 18 malnourished horses from Avalondales Horse Breeding Farm, in Ellsworth last week.

The horses were taken to Serenity Ranch in Frederic to recover.

Timothy Allen and Tracey Buzzell went in front of a judge for the first time today. Court records show Buzzell told animal control back on May 2nd she had trouble finding sufficient food for the animals since December.

Many of the horses were very malnourished.

9&10's Sara Simnitch, and Photojournalist, Jeremy Erickson, have more details on today's arraignment. 

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Rescue groups call it devastating; 18 malnourished horses taken from an Antrim County breeding farm.  One of the malnourished horses was just born in March, and court records show owners, Timothy Allen, and Tracy Buzzell, are facing animal cruelty charges.

The horses were rescued from Avalondales breeding farm in Ellsworth, volunteers took them to Serenity Ranch, in Frederic, where they are being nursed back to health.

There are ways you can help these horses.  You can drop off square bales of hay at Tractor Supply stores in Traverse City, and Cadillac, as well as Hill Top Feed Co., in Grawn.  Square Deal Country Store, in Traverse City, is offering 20% off any items bought to be donated.  The horses also need square bales of hay, wormer, and waterproof blankets.  These items will be picked up from the store by a Horse North Rescue Volunteer, and delivered to Serenity Ranch.

9&10's Sara Simnitch, and Photojournalist, Jeremy Erickson, have details on the investigation.