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Published January 22, 2014, 08:32 AM

Court records: Neighbors had warned law enforcement that ND horses were starving

Court documents filed against a Kathryn woman accused of starving eight horses to death say neighbors warned law enforcement four months before that there was no food for the animals on the woman’s property.

By: Forum News Service ,

KATHRYN, N.D. — Court documents filed against a Kathryn woman accused of starving eight horses to death say neighbors warned law enforcement four months before that there was no food for the animals on the woman’s property.

Ginger Helland, 29, was charged Jan. 9 in Barnes County District Court with animal neglect and mistreating animals, both Class A misdemeanors, and with unlawful disposition of dead animals, an infraction.

Helland and her husband, Karl, were also charged in Barnes County Court on two separate occasions — Sept. 17 and Nov. 12, of letting their livestock run at large, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to court documents filed with the charges, Barnes County deputies were first called out on Aug. 31 after receiving complaints about Helland’s livestock at the Ricky and Larinda Velure farm.

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