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Court appearance in Fillmore Co. animal cruelty case

One of the animals from Wilbur Schmoll's farm One of the animals from Wilbur Schmoll's farm

PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Tuesday marked the first court appearance in Fillmore County in the case of  Wilbur Schmoll on animal cruelty charges.  

Authorities seized 55 horses and donkeys back on November 25 from Schmoll's farm.  

"I was not doing anything that I was ashamed of. I didn't try to hide nothing from nobody," he explained the following week.

Six of the animals had to be euthanized, the other were being cared for in Zimmerman.  "They had to be blanketed, they had to be segregated they have to be fed individually," said Minnesota Hooved Animal rescue Director Drew Fitzpatrick.

On Tuesday, Schmoll appeared in Fillmore County Court before Judge Robert Benson who was appearing via camera from Caledonia where he was holding court for the day.  Appearing alone, Schmoll opted to apply for a court appointed attorney.

The okay was given by Judge Benson who explained Schmoll needed to apply for one after the hearing.

When asked to comment, Schmoll declined.  "I ain't even talking to you, I should've run you off the other day. I've got nothing to say to you because you'll just twist it around to use against me anyhow," he said while leaving the courthouse.

Judge Benson sent Schmoll on his way.  Schmoll has been instructed to not own any domestic animals except for his two dogs and he must be on good behavior.

Schmoll was also given the option of an unconditional bail set at $3000. That amount means that if Schmoll would like to own animals in the meantime or avoid any of the conditions brought before him by Judge Benson, that money would be the cost for that right.

Schmoll's next court appearance is set for February 12th at 11 a.m.

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