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Couple convicted of horse neglect near Rapid City

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

RAPID CITY (AP) — Jurors in Rapid City took just over an hour to convict a couple of neglecting dozens of horses last winter.

Donald and Terri Harwood were found guilty Friday of nine counts each of inhumane treatment of an animal.

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Deputies in January seized 69 horses at the Rapid Valley home. A prosecutor says the horses at times were left without hay or water, and some were thin and weak. A defense attorney argued the Harwoods were caring for the horses, and that skyrocketing hay prices and illness among the horses played a big role in the case.

The Harwoods owned about 30 of the animals and were boarding the rest.

The maximum punishment on each count is a year in jail and $2,000 fine.

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