• Ranch owner pleads not guilty to neglecting horses
    May 09,2014
     

    LYNDON — A Vermont ranch owner has pleaded not guilty to 21 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after police said they found dead and emaciated horses on his property in March.

    Bruce Bona, 64, of Lyndon, was released on condition that he not possess or care for any animals. He plans to represent himself.

    The Caledonia County Sheriff’s Department said it found three dead horses and 21 nibbling on manure and wood.

    The horses were removed and placed in animal foster homes or adopted.

    Bona told police he had recently suffered a heart attack that prevented him from being more active in caring for the horses.

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