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Published February 16, 2013, 10:37 AM

Horse herd owner charged in Morton County

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The owner of a herd of horses that had to be seized because of improper care has been charged in Morton County with five counts of overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The owner of a herd of horses that had to be seized because of improper care has been charged in Morton County with five counts of overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the charges against 63-year-old William Kiefer Friday are in addition to four similar charges filed in Burleigh County.

Kiefer in both cases is accused of failing to provide necessary food, water and shelter to his horses and donkeys.

The Morton County Sheriff's Department seized 119 live horses and donkeys from Kiefer's property northwest of New Salem in late January after finding 96 dead animals there. At least three more horses have since died.

The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department seized 38 horses and donkeys after finding three dead on property in that county.

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