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Case ID: 18460
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: horse
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Monday, May 23, 2011

County: Lincoln

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Jim Ridge

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

CBS NewsChannel 5 has an update to the story we brought you last week regarding nearly 100 horses seized from a Wyoming ranch.

The Lincoln County Attorney released the name of the owner of the horses, Jim Ridge.

He's being charged with 90 counts of animal cruelty.

Right now there's a cost of care bond issued to Ridge for $90,100 dollars.

If he doesn't pay that bond fee within 10 days the horses then become property of the state.

In the state of Wyoming, one count of animal cruelty is a $750 fine or 120 days in jail.


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A Fairview rancher was found guilty on four counts of animal cruelty in the culmination of one of the state's largest cases of animal mistreatment in recent memory.

Last May, following numerous complaints from neighbors and horse advocates, state livestock officials raided James Ridge's ranch, finding more than 100 dead, diseased and malnourished horses on his ranch.

Ridge will be sentenced on Friday, according to the Lincoln County Circuit Court clerk's office. He could receive up to a year and a half in jail and a $2,250 fine.

The surviving horses have all been fed and treated by the Wyoming Livestock Board and sold to new owners.
Source: trib.com - Feb 17, 2012
Update posted on Feb 18, 2012 - 10:55PM 

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