A Logan man will be sentenced in August on five counts of cruelty to animals after being accused of not providing his herd with enough to eat during the winter months.

Darwin Layne Nielson, 57, pleaded guilty Monday to five of the 25 counts he was charged with. The jury trial scheduled for next week will be stricken from the calendar.

Nielson was arrested in January after the Cache County Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations that he was starving his horses. One colt died during the course of the investigation, and a filly died about a month later.

At the time, the horses were not immediately removed from Nielson’s care because the state veterinarian did not think they could be safely moved.

However, Nielson has been under court order since his arraignment to work closely with the county’s animal control officer in order to make sure the horses are adequately fed.

Cruelty to animals is a Class B misdemeanor which carries a possible sentence of up to six months in jail and fines up to $1,000. Nielson will be sentenced Aug. 19.


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