Animal Cruelty Charges Filed in Horse Neglect Case

By Beacon Staff

A former Flathead County resident has been charged with felony animal cruelty after 15 severely neglected horses were seized by the sheriff’s office in May.

Tanya Michele Shove is scheduled to be arraigned in District Court on Sept. 2. The charge was filed on Aug. 16.

Prosecutors say Shove allegedly boarded the animals on private property before leaving the area without providing a forwarding address.

Deputies received a report on May 7 that the animals had not been fed in at least five days. Fifteen of the animals were seized on May 27.

Undersheriff Pete Wingert says the horses are being cared for by a citizen who volunteered to board them. Several mares have given birth. He says the horses are doing well now.

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