Court sets trial dates for man accused in horses' deaths

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ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A southwestern Idaho man who was charged with misdemeanor animal abuse after four of his horses were found dead in a pasture earlier this year will go to trial in January.

The Argus Observer newspaper in Ontario, Oregon reports, Shannon Pearce has been scheduled for trial on Jan. 9 and 10. The horses were found dead in a Payette County pasture in mid-July, and police say the water trough in the pasture was dry.

Pearce has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Animal abuse is generally a misdemeanor in Idaho with a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and one year in jail.
Information from: Argus Observer,

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