Charges filed in Fresno Co horse cases

August 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Fresno County District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against two men in two separate incidents involving horses.

59-year-old Dana Kahler is facing twelve felony counts of animal cruelty after the SPCA seized eighteen horses from a property near Shepherd and Temperance last December.

Seven animals were severely malnourished and two of them were so sick. They had to be euthanized.

Fourteen of the animals are still being cared for by the central California SPCA, and Action News has learned that in the last eight months the animals have returned to a healthy weight and have become more trusting of humans.

"50 people need to not be allowed to let their animals get to the point of where they're suffering that extremely. And we do hope these cases continue to go forward because it really needs to send a clear message," Beth Caffrey of the Central California SPCA said.

Four felony counts have also been filed against a Fresno County millionaire. Eleven horses were seized from 48-year-old Jose Francisco Romo's Sanger area property back in February. He and his wife made headlines ten years ago when they won $40 million in the California Lottery.


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