Court sets trial dates for man accused in horses’ deaths
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, http://www.argusobserver.com