Horse Abandonment Trial Set
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 16, 2017
Two men who have been charged with abandoning three horses in the Shoshone National Forest this winter plead not guilty in Park County Circuit Court yesterday.
Brothers Brad and David Flint appeared before Judge Bruce Waters and pled not guilty to charges of cruelly abandoning the animals during a hunting trip in September, when a bear spooked the horses and they ran away from camp.
The horses were found during an aerial survey of elk this winter by the Game and Fish Department, at which point Shoshone National Forest law enforcement officer Ron Ostrum began his investigation into the abandonment of the animals. Eventually two of the horses were rescued, but one died over the winter.
In April, David Flint commented on the Cody Enterprise website that they attempted to find the animals several times over the course of the winter, but live on the other side of the state. In his comments, he says they stayed in contact with people in this area and offered a reward for anyone who caught them – however, Ostrum wrote in his sworn statement that Flint did not call the Forest Service or Game and Fish to report the animals missing.
The men were arraigned yesterday on three counts of failing to provide the horses with proper food, drink, or protection from the weather. They were each released on a $3000 bond, and their trial has been set for December 21.