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Horse trainers accused of animal cruelty headed to trial

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Jun 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 12:50:14-04

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Two horse trainers in southern Idaho charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty are headed to trial.

The Idaho State Journal reports that 22-year-old Kristopher Fagan and 20-year-old Samantha Arave have been charged with four misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals after 15 horses and a mule were found in poor condition at a Pocatello county fairgrounds last month.

Arave and Fagan have pleaded not guilty. They are scheduled to appear in court on July 14.

Deputy Prosecutor Ashley Graham has said the trainers could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each county if found guilty.