Montana Pack Horse Case Heads to Court

Two men who allegedly overworked and starved four horses while on a mountain expedition through Montana's Selway-Bitterroot area last summer go to trial tomorrow in Hamilton, Mont.

Craig Heydon of Atlanta, Ga., faces 10 animal cruelty charges, while his son, Curtis Heydon, faces 11.

On Aug. 1, 2008, two riders found an emaciated horse belonging to the Heydons collapsed alongside a mountain trail. Later, a sheriff's deputy found three more horses owned by the Heydons in a makeshift pen at a storage facility in Stevensville, Mont. The horses were seized and are currently being cared for by the Bitter Root Humane Association. (Read more.)  

"The case has been sensationalized," said the Heydons' lawyer, Matthew Stevenson. "At this point we want to present the facts to the jury and let them decide.

"My clients are not afraid to face the charges," he added.

John Bell, the prosecutor for the case, could not be reached for comment.

Stevenson said he expects the trial to last three or four days.

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