Cross County Man Charged with Inhumane Treatment of Wild Horses

JUNE 29, 2006 - Posted at 4:16 p.m. CST

WYNNE, AR - A Cross County man has been charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas with four counts of inhumanely treating a wild horse, and one count of negligently injuring a wild horse.

Ronald Eugene Smith, 39, of Wynne, is accused of the crime by U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, who claims Smith violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971.  Each count carries a maximum statutory penalty of not more than a year in prison and/or a fine of not more than $100,000.

Smith allegedly adopted the horses from the Bureau of Land Management, which conducted the investigation.