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Published March 05, 2011, 02:01 PM

ND man faces May trial for alleged horse neglect

WIMBLEDON, N.D. (AP) — A rural Wimbledon man faces a May 2 trial for allegedly neglecting horses in 2008. Roger Nichols says he's innocent.

WIMBLEDON, N.D. (AP) — A rural Wimbledon man faces a May 2 trial for allegedly neglecting horses in 2008. Roger Nichols says he's innocent.

Nichols is accused of leaving the carcass of a horse that possibly died of a contagious disease in the same pen with three other horses for at least 19 days. He also allegedly did not provide food or water for the horses.

Barnes County State's Attorney Lee Grossman tells the Valley City Times-Record that Nichols faces up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted on the two misdemeanors. Nichols says he considers his horses family and would never mistreat them.

Nichols didn't appear in court until last August. Authorities say the charges were filed quickly but they had problems finding Nichols to serve a warrant.

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