GLENALLEN, MO - A southeast Missouri man faces charges of animal abuse and animal neglect after a horse died and two other animals were found on his property in poor condition.
Larry Hottel of Glenallen could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
An autopsy showed the horse starved. It had dirt and rocks in its bowels.
An investigation began when a witness told authorities she drove past a horse, a pony and a llama that appeared to be neglected in a fenced-in area. Hottel was ordered to have the animals checked by a veterinarian.
But the horse died Friday. Authorities say hay, water and feed were not provided to the animals.
Hottel did not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.