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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana sheriff says authorities are investigating after two dead horses and a starving third horse were found in a barn.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says two horses were recently found dead in the stalls of a barn where a third horse suffering from starvation was rescued.

Swain says that horse was removed from the property and is recovering under a veterinarian’s care.

The veterinarian determined that horse, who’s been named “Jake” by his rescuers, had been surviving on dirt and wood from his stall.

The Herald-Times reports that animal management deputies and a state veterinarian are investigating the deaths of the two other horses.

Swain says a 62-year-old man who investigators believe has worked as a horse trainer owns the property where the horses were found.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com