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Sabine Parish man admits felony cruelty for dead, malnourished horses

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The Sabine Parish Humane Society won a court order to seize nearly 80 horses from Ford's Hillcrest Farms near Many in January 2012, after receiving complaints. The Sabine Parish Humane Society won a court order to seize nearly 80 horses from Ford's Hillcrest Farms near Many in January 2012, after receiving complaints.
Several of the horses the Sabine Parish Humane Society attempted to seize in January 2012 were already dead. Several of the horses the Sabine Parish Humane Society attempted to seize in January 2012 were already dead.
At the time, 65-year-old Charles Ford blamed the economy for his lack of work building boathouses for failing to feed the horses sufficiently. At the time, 65-year-old Charles Ford blamed the economy for his lack of work building boathouses for failing to feed the horses sufficiently.
MANY, LA (KSLA) -

A Sabine Parish man has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of felony animal cruelty in the deaths and malnourishment of dozens of horses found on his property in early 2012.

65-year-old Charles Ford made the plea Monday in Sabine Parish District Court.

The Sabine Parish Humane Society won a court order to seize nearly 80 horses from Ford's Hillcrest Farms near Many in January 2012, after receiving complaints. Seven of them were already dead. Six of them died later from health complications. A total of 25 or more are believed to died while under Ford's care.

At the time, Ford blamed the sagging economy for the lack of feeding alleged by investigators. "The work wasn't there so I couldn't buy the amount of feed that I needed to buy, but I fed them some every day," said Ford.He claims for the first 3 years he did take good care of the horses, but with less jobs to work building boat houses he couldn't afford to care for them.

He is scheduled to be back in court for sentencing and a restitution hearing in November. 65-year-old Charles Ford made the plea Monday in Sabine Parish District Court.

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