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Man charged with animal cruelty for the deaths of 15 horses

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Courtesy: Jestin Dupree Courtesy: Jestin Dupree
Fort Peck Indian Reservation -

UPDATE:

A  Facebook post from Fort Peck Tribal Councilman Jestin Dupree showed court documents charging Richard Dean Holen with one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty and five counts of misdemeanor Cruelty to animals in connection to the deaths of 15 horses on tribal land in August 2018.

UPDATE:

The investigation continues in the death of 14 horses on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

We spoke to the Roosevelt County Sheriff, Jason Frederick.
But since,the case is still open he wasn't able to say too much. 

They were able to determine the animals didn't die from lightning, and believe the horses died from malnutrition or dehydration.
However, they are also looking at whether the soil could have played a role.

"Alkali or something like that so we got guys out there testing that soil and stuff to rule that out and once that's done i think we'll be putting an arrest warrant out,"said Frederick.

Until they get the results of the soil testing back, they cant give out any more information, including the names of the suspects.


All I can tell you is that we have 14 dead horses on tribal land and  we are investigating two suspects."
You may have seen the pictures on Facebook.
They've been shared hundreds of times. The bodies of malnourished and decomposing horses found on the Fort Peck Reservation.

The bodies were first discovered on August 24th. Tribal Fish and Game said a non-tribal member reported the dead horses. After investigating, authorities were able to find the owner of the horse, who then directed them to two suspects. Their names havent been released, but they could face multiple charges.

We are definitely investigating this as cruelty to animals by neglect, says a spokesperson with the Roosevelt County Sheriffs Office.

Authorities cannot say how the animals died or if they were killed, but they did rule out mother nature as the cause of death.

We had a vet come out yesterday to check the horses out and she ruled lightening out.

The Sheriffs Office says once questioning is done there could be more possible suspects. Right now, the remains of the horses are still out where they were found. Its up to the landowner to remove them.

We did reach out to tribal members; they did not have a comment since the investigation is still ongoing.

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