- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Bozeman arena owner is out on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty to animal cruelty charges related to a footless horse and a comatose calf found at his property.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1KWfEEA) arena owner Dayle Kountz entered his plea Monday to charges that could mean maximum of four years in Montana’s department of corrections and a fine up to $5,000 if he’s convicted.

Deputies and All West Veterinary Clinic Dr. Gary Cook went to the arena March 28. Cook examined the animals and recommended they be put down.

Kountz said he got advice on how to treat the horse’s foot, injured in December 2014, but that it was too damaged and fell off.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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