Agreement filed in horse abuse case

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Guthrie agreed to surrender horses seized from Oriole

TELL CITY - A pretrial agreement signed by a man accused of cruelty to horses was filed at Perry Circuit Court Wednesday, formalizing his surrender of surviving horses to the Humane Society of Perry County and payment of their foster-care costs.

Gary D. Guthrie, 38, of 15416 Owen Lane near Oriole, agreed to pay $2,304.09 for restitution to the Humane Society of Perry County in up to 12 monthly installments. He also agreed to pay a $316 pretrial-diversion fee and make a $100 donation to the Humane Society chapter.

As The News reported in December, four allegedly malnourished horses were found and removed from Guthrie's property. A fifth horse had already died and was buried.

An anonymous call Dec. 5 sent authorities to the site, and members of a Humane Society large-animal group accompanying officers removed the surviving horses.

Guthrie signed the agreement Feb. 28, and as The News reported March 20, allowing the Humane Society to offer the horses for adoption. Jim Carter, president of the local Humane Society chapter, said then the animals had gained weight and were healthy enough to be ridden.

Five counts of cruelty to an animal, a Class B misdemeanor, will be dismissed in a year if Guthrie complies with terms of the agreement.

Guthrie's attorney, Walter Hagedorn, said Friday his client was pleased with the outcome.

For more information on efforts of the Perry County Humane Society, call Carter at 836-4138. Anyone who suspects animals are being abused should call the police.