South Dakota Authorities Seize Horse Herd

More than 60 allegedly maltreated South Dakota horses were removed from their owners earlier this month.
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More than 60 allegedly maltreated horses are in the care of the Pennington County, S.D., Sheriff’s Department after being removed from their owners earlier this month.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom said that, in December 2012, after receiving a complaint, South Dakota Animal Industry Board personnel discovered 69 horses residing on a 35-acre parcel without food or water. An industry board veterinarian examined the animals and animal welfare personnel attempted to work with owners, Donald and Terry Harwood, to improve the animals’ care, Thom said. When the animals’ conditions did not improve, a court order issued on Jan. 8, placed the horses in the Sheriff’s Department’s care, Thom said.

Neither Donald nor Terry Harwood was available for comment.

At the time of the removal all the horses including several pregnant mares were in poor condition, Thom said

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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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