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Iowa woman given probation after guilty in connection to dozens of horses left neglected, starving

DALLAS COUNTY - Dozens of neglected and malnourished horses were rescued from an Iowa farm last fall and the owner was merely given probation and a fine in a plea deal.
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DALLAS COUNTY – Dozens of neglected and malnourished horses were rescued from an Iowa farm last fall and the owner was merely given probation and a fine in a plea deal.

On November 1, 2023, a search warrant was executed at 33034 165th Street in rural Dallas County, Iowa. The search warrant was in reference to an ongoing live stock neglect investigation at this address.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives located 46 horses on the property that were in need of Veterinarian care. These horses were seized as a part of this investigation.

The next day, on November 2, police announced that 78-year-old Linda Kay Kilbourne (pictured at top) from Johnston, Iowa, was charged with numerous counts of Livestock Neglect. The seized horses were put in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

However, on March 28, 2024, Kilbourne ultimately pled guilty to only one count of animal neglect. She was given two years of probation, a suspended two-year prison sentence, and ordered to pay $594.50 in fines and court fees.

Neglect of farm animals is a cruel reality, as NIT showed in a 2013 investigation at a local farm that ended with an arrest just outside Mason City (with video).

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