TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals plans to soon file charges in the case of a farm that has been publicly accused of hurting animals.

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SPCA spokesman Matt Stanton says the agency has been investigating the Swedesboro farm of Monica Thors since last year. Critics say she shaved down horses' hooves so much they became infected.

Stanton says it has taken time to file charges because they have to go through his agency as well as the state Department of Agriculture, which doesn't have the power to file abuse charges. He also says officials need to decide what to do with the farm's horses if charges are filed.

Thors said Monday that she cannot comment on the case.

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