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Deal reached in Idaho animal cruelty case involving 14 horses

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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, The Idaho State Journal reported that an agreement has been reached in a 2013 animal cruelty case involving 14 horses.

Wolf Hart of Pocatello, Idaho was charged with three counts of animal cruelty in December, 2013 after numerous complaints came in about the condition of his horses. Hart's horses had been kept on his property north of the Bannock County Fairgrounds.

According to Portneuf Animal Welfare Society president JoLynn Anderson, 14 horses, including three stud horses and two colts, were seized from the property.

“The sheriff’s office received several calls every week. Hart spread around bread and tortillas for (the horses) to eat," stated Anderson.

In an agreement finalized on Monday, Jan. 27, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ashley Graham said that Hart agreed to get rid of the 14 horses who were seized. Hart must allow the sheriff's office to access and property and he also cannot possess more than four horses on any property he owns, or leases, in Bannock County.

According to the court documents, Hart had until last Friday, Jan. 24 to sell or give away the horses who were in the county’s possession. Any animals who were left in the possession of the county after Friday were forfeited.

Hart is banned from keeping stud horses or mares in foal. He will have to provide adequate water, hay, and veterinary and farrier care. Hart was ordered to pay PAWS $250 for veterinary bills incurred for the care of his horses. He also agreed to pay the Bannock County Commissioners $500 for the cost of feeding his horses.

According to Anderson, if Hart violates any part of the agreement, the state of Idaho has 24 months to refile the charges. The case will be reviewed in 18 months.

In Idaho, every person who commits cruelty to animals or who causes or procures any animal to be cruelly treated, or who, having the charge or custody of any animal either as owner or otherwise, subjects any animal to cruelty shall, upon conviction, be punished in accordance with section 25-3520A, Idaho Code.

Any law enforcement officer or animal care and control officer, subject to the restrictions of section 25-3501A, Idaho Code, may take possession of the animal cruelly treated, and provide care for the same, until final disposition of such animal is determined in accordance with section 25-3520A or 25-3520B, Idaho Code.

Do you suspect animal cruelty or animal neglect in Idaho? Report suspected abuse against animals here.

About Portneuf Animal Welfare Society
The Portneuf Animal Welfare Society, established in 2004, has administered animal rescue services across Bannock, Bingham, and Power counties for over 8 years. Whether providing food, shelter, or medical care for abandoned and neglected cats and dogs, rescuing livestock from abusive owners, or helping to limit the profusion of feral colonies, the several volunteers of PAWS dedicate their collective time and energy to promote the health, safety and welfare of the areas large and small animals in need.

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