Alleged Montana Horse Abuser Caught in Florida

The man wanted for allegedly maltreating more than two dozen horses was caught after nearly a year on the run.

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A man wanted for allegedly maltreating more than two dozen horses seized from a Montana equine rescue has been caught in Florida after nearly a year on the run.

Last year the Broadwater County, Montana, Sheriff’s Office received several calls alleging that horses at Rocky Acres Horse Rescue, in Townsend, were malnourished and had insufficient access to hay and water. Sheriff’s personnel subsequently requested a voluntary inspection of conditions of the premises and animals residing there. Rescue owners Dalene Ann Rindal and Thomas William Jessberger declined a voluntary inspection at that time.

Later, acting on a warrant, investigators found moldy had and insufficient shelter for the horses. A veterinarian also found that the majority of the horses scored between 1 and 3 on the Henneke Body Condition scale; three horses scored 4 on the scale. The Broadwater Sheriff’s Office then seized 29 allegedly malnourished horses and five malnourished goats, affidavits said.

Another investigation revealed the carcass of an allegedly malnourished mare buried on the property. Broadwater County Undersheriff Wynn Meehan said carcasses of other dead horses were also found on that property

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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