Montana man charged with animal cruelty for 15 dead horses
A man hired to care for horses on a ranch near Wolf Point in northeast Montana faces six charges after 15 horses were found dead.
The Billings Gazette reports that Richard D. Holen of Poplar was charged with one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals by the Roosevelt County Attorney's office.
It wasn't immediately known if Holen had an attorney.
According to charging documents, Holen had been hired by Scobey resident Kari Delagrave to care for 49 horses on land he leased on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
The dead horses, including five foals and five mares, were discovered in late August.
An investigation found the horses were dehydrated.
Investigators said 23 of the 49 horses were still unaccounted for.