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Cruelty to animals trial ends in guilty verdict
Landowner to repay county $72,000

Catherine Faimon | Publisher

LYNDON — Salah Ibrahim, Lecompton, was found guilty Tuesday in Osage County District Court on one count of cruelty to animals, a class A nonperson misdemeanor, and one count of unlawful disposal of dead animals, an unclassified misdemeanor. Fourth Judicial District Judge Phillip Fromme handed down the verdict following a two-day bench trial that began Monday morning.

Ibrahim was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation for the cruelty to animals charge, and must pay court costs of $160, a fingerprint fee of $35, and restitution of $70,191, the amount paid by the county for feeding and boarding of Ibrahim’s seized horses. The defendant consented to having the horses adopted out or be sold at auction, but must be done within the next 30 days. Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn will oversee the effort, with any sale proceeds going toward payment of restitution. Additional fees will accrue at $11 per day, per horse, through that 30-day period.

Fromme waived the suggested $100 fine for count 2, unlawful disposal of dead animals.

Criminal charges were filed by Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones May 1, 2010, against Ibrahim, an engineering consultant who owned a 128-acre parcel of land at 325th and Jordan Road near Melvern in Osage County. Thirteen horses were seized from his property the night of April 16, 2010, by Osage County Sheriff’s Officers, after a neighbor, Mandi Nance, reported seeing underfed and unhealthy horses on the property, beginning in March 2010. At the time the animals were seized, two dead horses were found in the pasture. The 13 horses were taken that night to Arndt Quarter Horse and Stables, in Emporia, to be boarded and fed. The horses have remained under the care of Debbie and Tom Arndt at their facility in Emporia. One of the horses transported, a black and white paint, died five days later.

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