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Case ID: 15298
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Monday, Feb 9, 2009

County: Cascade

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged:
» Marilyn Whiteside
» Elizabeth Lee
» David Lee

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

On February 9th, Cascade County Animal Control officers responded to a report of possible animal neglect at home west of Fort Shaw. Later Sheriff's detectives found a large amount of abused or neglected horses on the property.

"We found many dead animals," said Cascade County Sheriff David Castle. "More than 10 with obvious signs of abuse."

Three suspects appeared in Cascade County Court today [Feb 27, 2009]. Marilyn Whiteside, and David and Elizabeth Lee were each cited for Felony 1st degree aggravated animal cruelty and four counts of unlawful disposition of a dead animal.

Meanwhile a house bill that would permit horse slaughterhouses in Montana this week moved onto the senate. Horse lover Laurel Christensen says legal slaughterhouses could prevent certain acts of cruelty, and would make horse termination humane.

"Older horses get thinner," Christensen said. "You think you are being humane , but their organs go and they start beating their head against the ground. That is not humane."

"We see a lot of these cases where people don't take care of their animals. What is unusual about this case is the amount of animals involved."


Case Updates

Three Fort Shaw residents facing animal cruelty charges say they're not guilty on all counts.

On February 9th, Cascade County Animal control officers responded to a report of possible animal neglect of horses at home west of Fort Shaw. Later Sheriff's detectives say they found a large amount of abused or neglected animals on the property. They also found dead animals. In all more than 10 horses showed obvious signs of abuse.

Marilyn Whiteside, and David and Elizabeth Lee were each cited for Felony 1st degree aggravated animal Cruelty and four counts of unlawful disposition of a dead animal.

Their trial is set for July 27th.
Source: KFBB - April 16, 2009
Update posted on Apr 20, 2009 - 12:31AM 
New details have been released in the case of alleged animal cruelty on a Ft. Shaw property.

Court documents say David Lee, Elizabeth Lee, and Marilyn Whiteside were responsible for the care and feeding of several animals, including two horses belonging to a serviceman currently deployed in Iraq.

The serviceman's mother removed her son's horses from the property on February 9th and called authorities, charging that the Lees and Whiteside were neglecting the horses and other animals on the property.

Animal Control officers found two dead cows, a dead calf, and three dead horses, along with two mini-donkeys showing serious signs of neglect.

Each defendant faces one count of animal cruelty and four counts of improper disposition of a dead animal.
Source: Montana's News Station - March 13, 2009
Update posted on Mar 14, 2009 - 12:20AM 

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