Hot Springs County sheriff sued over horse killing

By: AP
By: AP

Casper, WY (AP) - A Thermopolis couple whose horse was killed by the Hot Springs County under sheriff is suing the sheriff over his policy regarding euthanizing animals.

A federal judge in Casper began considering Chris and Larry Bentley's claim against Sheriff Lou Falgout Tuesday. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the trial is expected to continue through Friday.

The Bentley's 15-year-old horse was shot by undersheriff David Larson about 100 feet from their home in August 2010. He found the horse stumbling on a road through their property and thought it was a neglected stray.

The Bentleys say the horse had some health problems because of a lack of nutrition before they adopted it.

Defense attorney William Simpson says Larson acted on a "reasonable belief."

The couple also sued the undersheriff and reached a settlement with him last year.

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