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William Kiefer Charged For Animal Neglect

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Criminal charges are officially filed in Burleigh County against the man accused of mistreating horses.

Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Ubben filed four animal neglect charges this afternoon against William Kiefer.

The charges are Class 'A' misdemeanors for mistreatment of animals in Burleigh County.

Three horses were found dead on Kiefer's Burleigh County property in late January. The fourth charge is for the mistreatment of the other thirty-eight horses eventually seized from the property.

I've filed animal neglect charges before, nothing on this type of scale. The shear number of animals that were neglected in the is case in Burleigh County alone were looking at over forty animals I've never seen anything thankfully more than five or six at a time so this in terms of shear number of animals that were mistreated is something I haven't seen before," says Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Ubben.

Kiefer has not been arrested but will be sent a summons to make an initial appearance in court.

The misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in prison and a two thousand dollar fine or both.

As of this morning only six of thirty-eight horses were left to adopt in Burleigh County. Officials were confident they would all be adopted out by the end of the day.

There is a new development in the case in Morton County where charges are still pending.

Five more horses--including one today--were found dead in the snow as it was moved on Kiefer's ranch north of New Salem. The 96 horses initially found dead were buried yesterday.

Sheriff Dave Shipman says there are ten horses left to adopt in Morton County, and another twenty-two mules that the department will sell to help cover expenses.

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