Cavour men indicted on felony animal cruelty charges formally charged

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HURON, South Dakota — Two Cavour men who were indicted on felony animal cruelty charges after allegedly beating a horse have been formally charged.

Thirty-five-year-old Justin Murray and 67-year-old Dennis Kerney were arraigned in Beadle County on Tuesday.

KOKK-AM reports the pair allegedly struck an Appaloosa horse on the head and back with wooden clubs as they attempted to groom the animal. The horse sustained injuries to its cheek and leg.

The two men are the first in Beadle County to be charged under the state's felony animal cruelty statute. South Dakota became the last state in the nation to enact such a law in the 2014 legislative session.

Statewide, authorities have filed fifteen felony animal cruelty charges since it took effect in July 2014 and two people have been convicted.

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