Several dead horses, cattle found on Idaho couple's property

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Several dead horses, cattle found on Idaho couple's property

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 14, 2017 at 9:29 a.m.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A couple in southwestern Idaho is facing criminal charges after officials say they found several dead animals on their property.

KTVB-TV reports the man and woman, identified as Billie Jean and Michael Parker, are charged with 23 counts each of animal cruelty and failure to feed and water animals.

The Owyhee County Sheriff's Office says it received a call in January about dead horses and cattle on a property in Grand View, which is about 50 miles south of Boise.

Deputy Sheriff Larry Kendrick says there were six dead horses and nine dead cows and some had been frozen into the ground.

Officials say the animals found alive were malnourished and neglected.

The sheriff's office seized 22 horses and most of them have been purchased by Idaho Horse Rescue.

The couple appeared in court Monday and tempers flared, according to KTVB. A judge told the couple they have one week to get rid of their remaining horses.

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