Abused horses find homes, caretakers face prison time - KOTA Territory News

Abused horses find homes, caretakers face prison time


Criminal charges are announced for two caretakers accused of abusing 69 horses in their care.
Donald and Terry Harwood are charged with 10 counts of inhumane treatment of an animal.
They face 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted.

The Pennington County Sheriff's office impounded almost 70 horses from their property on Radar Hill road on January 7th, after allegations of neglect.

Prosecutors say these types of charges aren't commonly seen in Pennington county, and must be warranted by specific allegations.
"If animals aren't being fed, watered, or aren't being provided the care accepted for that
species or that condition," said Patrick Grody, Pennington county Deputy State's Attorney.
Upwards of 30 horses were adopted out into the community, while the rest of the animals have since been picked up by their owners.

The Harwood's are currently out on bond, awaiting their next court date.

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