Judge denies motion to dismiss charges against owner of 10 horses that died in Magna

Posted at 8:20 PM, Apr 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 05:18:09-04

MAGNA, Utah – A man facing animal cruelty charges is headed to trial after a judge denied a motion to dismiss the charges against him.

Last July, ten horses died in a Magna pasture because they didn't have water. In court Friday morning, their owner, Shamus Haws, wanted all charges against him dropped.

Haws said he could provide an expert to testify the horses had received the care they needed, but the judge denied the motion to dismiss and set a trial date of June 18.

Haws faces 11 animal cruelty charges and could face up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine for each charge.