Horses Killed

Boarding Stable Operator Charged in Horses’ Deaths

Charges have been filed against a Minnesota farm operator accused of shooting two American Saddlebred mares. William Henry St. Sauver Jr. is facing two felony counts of animal torture.

The horses’ owner, Gloria Fritz, boarded the mares at St. Sauver Farms in Scandia. In November, St. Sauver told Fritz her horses were shot by hunters and that he buried them. The aged mares were scheduled to move to a stable out of state.

Fritz called authorities, which led to an investigation.

Fritz, a former breeder, was notified her 17 year-old and 20 year-old horses were located after authorities allegedly found St. Sauver burying them in a cornfield. Initially, he was unable to produce the horses’ bodies or burial site.

Necropsies were performed on both horses. The report stated both horses suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and skull area of both horses. “… the cause of death for both horses was likely associated with severe acute firearm trauma.”

St. Stauver is scheduled to make his first court appearance on February 27.

July 7, 2014

Update 

William Henry St. Sauver Jr. was killed in a single vehicle accident on Sunday, July 6th. Authorities report the minivan he was driving struck a tree. The cause of the crash is under investigation.