Jury to hear closing arguments in Pennington Co. animal abuse tr - KOTA Territory News

Jury to hear closing arguments in Pennington Co. animal abuse trial

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The state and defense teams rested their cases Thursday in a Pennington County animal abuse case.  Closing arguments begin at 8:00 a.m.
 
The jury is expected to have the case by lunchtime Friday.

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A veterinarian testified Wednesday in the trial of a Pennington County couple charged with animal abuse trial.

Donald and Terri  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.

Rory Fischer, the area veterinarian supervisor for Western South Dakota, says after receiving complaints he visited the Harwood property to investigate the condition of the horses.

After several visits in the months of December 2012 and January 2012, he says the condition of the horses did not improve. He says some of the horses were malnourished and there was no hay on the property. He also says he believes the horses were inhumanely treated.

In January, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office impounded 69 horses from their property on Radar Hill Road.

The Harwoods owned approximately 30 of the animals. They were boarding the rest.
 
The trial is scheduled for three days.

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