Posted: Jun 21, 2012 8:54 PM by Heath Heggem - MTN News
An alleged case of horse neglect is now in the hands of the Cascade County Attorney's office.
Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards tells KRTV that his office believes there's probable cause to charge Randi Lamont with cruelty to animals.
The case involves five horses at a local stable that were allegedly left without food for long periods of time.
The stable owner tells us the horses began eating the wood on a barn, causing damage to the structure.
Sheriff Edwards says the horses are now receiving care, but that was not always the case.
Edwards said, "The conditions were deplorable and in my opinion screamed abuse. But it's in the County Attorney's hands now. We're just waiting to see if they want to proceed with charges or not."
We asked Lamont if she'd like to comment on the possibility of being charged in this case; she declined our request.
She told us on Wednesday night that she plans to move the horses to the Missoula area.
The stable owner says the horses will remain locked in three separate pens for now.
In 2010, Lamont's father, Michael Old Turtle, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.
The stable owner says some of the same animals were involved in that case.