Date Announced for Sale of Crundwell Horses

August 5th, 2012 5:39 PM | No Comments

How do you sell more than 400 horses spread across 22 farms in 13 states, from Arizona to Connecticut, Florida to North Dakota, and areas in between?

That was the challenge facing the U.S. Marshals Service seven weeks ago when a federal judge gave it the task of caring for the horses that belonged to indicted Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

That responsibility is “remarkable and unprecedented” for the marshals service, U.S. Marshal Darryl McPherson told a group of reporters Friday.

“My objective is to provide sound care for the horses while keeping costs under control to be able to return the greatest amount to any of the victims of the alleged crime at the conclusion of this process,” he said.

During a news conference Friday at Crundwell’s ranch, 1556 Red Brick Road south of Dixon, McPherson announced that a live auction would be held there on September 23 and 24. The 80-acre ranch boards the bulk of Crundwell’s 401 horses.

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