JACKSON, Wyo. — A Wyoming outfitter and hunting guide has been cited for alleged cruelty to animals after a witness said he tied down a horse for at least three hours before the horse died.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports (http://bit.ly/2wxXDwA) the Teton County Sheriff’s Department issued the citation Friday to Forest Stearns of Wilson.

No one answered the phone at Stearns’ business Saturday. No home phone number could be found.

Sheriff Jim Whalen says Stearns told deputies the horse was tied for 60 to 90 minutes because Stearns was going to shoe it.

Whalen didn’t release the name of the witness who contradicted Stearns.

The horse died Aug. 8.

Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to $750 in fines and up to six months in jail.

Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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