Helena Horse Abuse: Guilty as Charged

A horse in Thailand stands in the waste and its own excrement.

HELENA – Robert Edwin Erickson, 71, of Helena was found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty by a jury on Wednesday.

Erickson was one of three men charged in the June 2021 case of 58 horses being abused on the Erickson property.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a property on June 1 in the 6700 block of Applegate Road where they seized the 58 horses and transported them to the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. The animals were later transferred to a separate secure location.

According to court documents, a veterinarian joined the Sheriff’s Office and determined that eight horses were underweight, 19 horses had overgrown hooves, many had lice, and five had abnormal hernias.

According to court documents, county law enforcement officials had received calls starting from 2013 to 2021 about the welfare of the horses on the property.

The documents say, in 2018, animal control officers observed injured horses that received inadequate medical care, a barn that was full of mud and waste, and poorly maintained pastures. Officers say they told the Erickson’s to clean up the facilities and get the horses proper treatment.

You can read the rest of the story here. By: Jaurdyn Johnson KPAX


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