BILLINGS — Two more misdemeanor counts of animal abuse have been filed against a Billings man who authorities say left some 700 horses without food at a ranch east of Billings.
The Billings Gazette reports that Yellowstone Count Attorney Scott Twito filed the charges Wednesday against James H. Leachman following the death of two more horses at the ranch earlier this month.
Leachman was supposed to remove the horses last July when his business, Leachman Cattle Co., lost the ranch at a federal foreclosure sale. He ran a horse breeding business called Hairpin Cavvy.
Hay has been donated and the first air lift took place on Jan. 27. The next day, Leachman pleaded not guilty to 10 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. A jury trial is scheduled for June 3.