Son buys about 70 of father’s 829 seized horses

Billings, Montana (AP) April 2011

Officials say about 70 of the 829 abandoned and starving horses that were seized and auctioned off earlier this month have been purchased by the son of the man who once owned them.

A Bureau of Indian Affairs official tells KULR-TV that during the auction Seth Leachman bought the horses that once belonged to his father, James Leachman.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs confiscated the horses after James Leachman failed to move them from neighboring ranches and Crow tribal lands.  

The animals were fed donated hay starting in January. 

James Leachman has pleaded not guilty to charges of animal cruelty. His trial is scheduled for June 3.