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Trial set for Kountz Arena owner accused of animal cruelty

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This horse was discovered missing part of its leg at Kountz Arena and was euthanized. This horse was discovered missing part of its leg at Kountz Arena and was euthanized.
Dayle Kountz appears in Gallatin Co. District Court on June 15, 2015 Dayle Kountz appears in Gallatin Co. District Court on June 15, 2015
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A trial date has been set for the owner of Kountz Arena who is accused of felony animal abuse.

Dayle Kountz is charged with aggravated animal cruelty and cruelty to animals.  A five-day trial has been scheduled to start April 18. Kountz has pled not guilty to the charges.

Court documents allege abuse against a horse and a calf that belonged to Kountz. Pictures emerged after a horse show at Kountz arena on March 28, 2015 and that led to an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff's office.

The photos show a horse named Young Doc Bar with a bloody stump.  Kountz reportedly told investigators the horse was injured around Christmas 2014 when he got his foot caught between panels. The foot fell off and Kountz said he was keeping the horse alive for breeding. 

According to the charging documents Kountz was convicted of animal cruelty back in 1999. 

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