S. Indiana man ordered to pay for horses’ care

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MADISON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana judge has ordered a man facing animal cruelty charges to pay the county’s costs of caring for dozens of horses found in poor condition on properties he owns.

The Jefferson County judge gave 51-year-old Jeff Hayes 10 days to pay a $60,000 cash bond on the more than 80 horses authorities confiscated in January.

Officials found eight dead horses and dozens of others without food and water at Hayes’ two rental properties in DuPont.

The Madison Courier reports Hayes faces charges of animal cruelty and improper disposal of dead animals.

A sheriff’s deputy told the judge Monday that Jefferson County has spent more than $40,000 caring for the horses. The horses are in 14 different foster homes, but the county is footing monthly care bills.

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