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Wisconsin authorities urge water testing near buried horses

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. -- Police in Pleasant Prairie are urging neighbors of a couple charged with animal neglect to test their drinking water.

Kenosha County sheriff's investigators say nearly 70 animal carcasses were found buried on the couple's property in Pleasant Prairie. David and Paula White face a number of animal neglect charges after five dead horses were found in stalls at their farm last month. Nearly two dozen horses, some malnourished, were seized.

Deputy Chief David Morgensen tells WISN-TV they found decomposing horses buried under carcasses on the ground.

Investigators say they're concerned the carcasses have been buried so close to a stream that feeds the area's well system that drinking water for neighbors could potentially be contaminated.

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