Alleged horse abuser arrested for assault, forgery, trespass

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Linda Kay Kilbourne, 75, of Johnston was arrested Monday on charges of assault, forgery and trespassing with damage less than $200.

A Johnston woman, charged in May with neglecting her Dallas County horses, was arrested Monday on fresh charges of assault, forgery and trespassing.

Linda Kay Kilbourne, 75, of 6831 N.W. 54th Court, Johnston, was charged assault, forgery and trespassing with damage less than $200.

The details and circumstances of Kilbourne’s arrest have not yet been released by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office.

Kilbourne is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. She is scheduled for an initial hearing Tuesday in Dallas County District Court.

Kilbourne was charged May 13 with five counts of failure to dispose of a dead animal in connection with a number of decomposing horse carcasses found on her farm outside Granger. The case was investigated by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

A hearing in the case of the dead animals is scheduled for August in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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