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FAIRFIELD — Jefferson County authorities have a herd on their hands, and they’re looking for people who can care for a horse.

The Jefferson County Attorney’s office said Thursday 26 horses were determined by the courts to have been neglected, and turned over to the county. That means the county is now trying to find them homes.

Court documents show the office filed a petition in late March to remove the horses from the care of John Ulicny and Beverly Kirk after a veterinarian determined the animals were neglected. An inspection of the site by the state district veterinarian found two decomposed horse carcasses and a recently-dead foal.

Kirk was later dismissed from the case after she showed she had no ownership of the horses. Judge Shawn Showers ordered the sale of the horses at the same time.

People interested in purchasing or adopting a horse will need to be qualified applicants who can provide safe, appropriate homes for the animals. Those interested should contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office at (641) 472-3576.

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