North Dakota man charged in two counties for abusing horses

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The owner of neglected horses in North Dakota is charged with five counts of overworking, mistreating or abandoning animals in Morton County, the Bismark Tribune reports. William Kiefer, 63, is also facing four similar charges in Burleigh County.

Both cases accuse Kiefer of failing to provide necessary food, water and shelter for the horses.

Last month, officials found nearly 100 dead horses on two North Dakota ranches and seized 157 live animals because of improper care.

About two-dozen rescued horses were set to arrive at a facility in Hawley, Minn., this weekend. The animals will be adopted by horse owners, trainers and others.

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