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Forum staff reports, Published January 17 2014

Woman charged after dead horses are found in her pasture

KATHRYN, N.D. – A woman faces criminal charges after eight horses were found dead on her property near here in December.

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

Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin told NewsDakota.com that an investigation into Helland started after his office received complaints of dead horses in a pasture near Kathryn.

Helland is scheduled to make her first appearance in court on Jan. 28.

If convicted of the two misdemeanor charges, Helland faces up to two years in jail and $6,000 in fines.