A Cache County man has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals after dozens of horses were found in poor condition with little feed on his property. One colt died from the abuse, court documents say.
The Cache County Attorney's Office charged Darwin Layne Nielson, 57, with 25 counts of cruelty to animals, all class B misdemeanors, on Thursday.
According to a probable-cause statement from the Cache County Sheriff's Office, a deputy became aware of the horses' poor condition on Jan. 17. The deputy went to the area of 4800 South and 1200 West and found three adult mares and two colts described in the report as "very thin and did not appear to have any feed."