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Details emerge on felony animal cruelty case at Kountz arena

Authorities are investigating allegations of animal neglect after this horse was discovered missing part of its leg at Kountz Arena. The stallion has been euthanized. Authorities are investigating allegations of animal neglect after this horse was discovered missing part of its leg at Kountz Arena. The stallion has been euthanized.
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Felony charges have been filed against Dayle Kountz, the owner of Kountz Arena. Court paperwork documents the alleged abuse against a horse and calf that belonged to Kountz.

Kountz is charged with three felonies, one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty and two counts of Cruelty to Animals second or subsequent offense.

After a horse show at Kountz Arena on March 28, pictures on social media captured public attention. They show a horse named Young Doc Bar with a bloody stump.

Gallatin County Sheriff's deputies began investigating the case after an anonymous call. They contacted Kountz not only about Young Doc Bar but about a young calf that appeared to be in very poor health.

According to the affidavit, Kountz told the investigating deputy that he had Young Doc Bar for about 22 years. He said the horse was injured around Christmas of 2014 when he got his foot caught between panels. The foot fell off and Kountz said he was keeping the horse alive to get semen out of him for breeding. Kountz also said the calf was fine.

A veterinarian was called in and recommended both animals be put down.

The investigation continued and several witnesses including a former employee shared vivid stories of Young Doc Bar with open sores, in pain and lying in feces.

One veterinarian interviewed by detectives said: "Nothing could be more obvious and serious as a horse that loses its limb. The failure to provide medical care in the case of catastrophic failure of the limb in this case clearly represents inhumane and cruel treatment of the horse."

According to the charging documents Kountz was convicted of Animal Cruelty in 1999.

Click here to view affidavit of probable cause (PDF)

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