MOORELAND, Ind. (AP) _ Twelve horses were found dead on a farm where police removed 34 horses after a state veterinarian determined they were suffering from neglect.

Animal-control investigators asked police to search Gary T. Long's Henry County farm last week. The horses were taken to a New Castle sale barn to be restored to health.

``You could see ribs and hip bones on the horses,'' sheriff's Detective Chris Newkirk said. ``They were obviously malnourished.''

Investigators plan to turn the case over to the county prosecutor's office. Long could face charges of animal neglect and improper disposal of an animal carcass.

Horses not showing signs of neglect will remain on the property until a court decides whether to sell them or return them to Long, Newkirk said.

``At this point I don't think there was any intentional neglect,'' Newkirk said. ``He just had too many horses for his setup out there.''

Newkirk said he did not know why Long owned so many horses at the farm about 40 miles east of Indianapolis, but that a hard winter and high hay prices _ about $450 each day _ were partly to blame for their condition.

The Associated Press left telephone messages seeking comment at Long's home Monday.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Oat hulls from the Quaker Oats cereal plant in Cedar Rapids are being burned at the University of Iowa and used as a replacement for coal.

The campus is heated and cooled largely by burning 110,000 tons of coal each year at the school's power plant. But since January, trucks have been delivering tons of oat hulls to the school.

The Cedar Rapids mill generates 100,000 tons of the burnable biomass annually as a byproduct of cereal production. Once a costly and cumbersome industrial waste destined for landfills, the leftovers are now being burned at the university and used as fuel.

``Our plan is to have raw oat hulls replace 50 percent of our coal, and we project that will save us about $500,000 a year,'' said P. Ferman Milster, the university's associate director of utilities. ``We're just completing a 90-day test burn, but the test has exceeded our expectations.''

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which is monitoring the test burn, will have to issue a permit to make the arrangement permanent. But Milster doesn't foresee a problem.

The university is burning about 200 tons of coal a day, supplemented by 40 to 70 tons of oat hulls. The hulls have half the heat value of coal, but can deliver the same amount of heat at about one-third the cost.

``We can burn oat hulls faster than Quaker can deliver them,'' Milster said. ``The weak link right now is the delivery system and determining how to convey the hulls to Iowa City economically.''

Milster said Quaker is using tankers that hold from 9 to 14 tons, and is considering buying very large trailers that can haul 25 tons.

The university hopes to burn 50,000 tons of hulls each year, or about half of Quaker's output, a proposition the company and the university call a ``win-win'' arrangement.

``We are producing 12 railcars a day of oat hulls,'' said Dan Wombold, a spokesman for Quaker Foods & Beverages. ``Obviously, we have to get rid of them somehow. Dumping them in the landfill was not very smart because of the volume.''

Wombold said the oat hulls once were used to produce a chemical compound known as furfural, which was used by the petroleum industry. He said that market is no longer favorable, and the company is getting out of that business.

Among the many foods produced at the plant operated by Pepsico's Quaker Foods & Beverages division are Quaker Oatmeal and the oat-based breakfast cereal, Life.