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ND man who neglected horses gets probation

A Dickinson man whose horses were recently seized by Stark County because of animal neglect will not be allowed to own livestock while he is on probation for the next two years.

As part of a plea agreement, Dennis Armbrust pleaded guilty to three counts of animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor, on May 3. Two counts of animal cruelty, both Class A misdemeanors, were dismissed.

In March, a Stark County sheriff's deputy described seeing several horses that he believed were thin and had little access to water.

Nearly 40 horses were seized from Armbrust.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office will take ownership of the animals.

Armbrust will be placed on supervised probation for two years. According to the court document, he will also "be responsible for all costs incurred from the seizure of his animals, along with any veterinary bills incurred, or other costs incurred by the county."

Armbrust will also not be allowed to own livestock while on probation, the court document said.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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