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Published December 30, 2013, 08:49 AM

Bottineau miniature horse death ruled an accident

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) — An investigation into the September death of a miniature pony near Bottineau concluded it was an accident.

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) — An investigation into the September death of a miniature pony near Bottineau concluded it was an accident.

The Bottineau County Sheriff's Department and North Dakota Stockmen's Association's investigated what appeared to be an intentional dragging death.

But the Minot Daily News reports that as a result of the probe, charges won't be filed against the three young people who said they hit the horse that night.

The trio told investigators they didn't report it because they didn't want to get in trouble. They said they didn't know how the horse ended up five miles from where it was hit.

Owner Dave Boppre initially said the Shetland pony named Bad Boy was chased, struck with a pickup, then tied to the back of the truck and dragged.

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