Caretaker of seized horses charged with animal cruelty

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Humane officers from the Adams County SPCA have filed 22 counts of animal cruelty charges against the caretaker of 21 horses seized from a Littlestown area farm last month.

James Houseman, 44, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Houseman leased a property at 135 Fesser Road and was paid by owners to board the animals, according to investigators.

Authorities have said they found a dead horse crudely covered in hay and 21 seriously malnourished horses at the farm Nov. 16.

One of the horses later died from malnourishment and another was euthanized.

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