The preliminary hearing for Robert Howard Dimitt, 58, of Sallisaw on five cruelty to animal charges was continued to May 12 in Sequoyah County District Court last week.
Special District Judge Matt Orendorff said there was a conflicting date for the defense attorney, Donn Baker of Tahlequah. The prosecuting attorney agreed provided that Baker would allow a witness to testify by Skype and Baker agreed.
Dimitt was arrested Aug. 3 for animal cruelty and is free on a $25,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Dimitt, a race horse trainer, was charged after an investigation found dead and mutilated horses in Dimitt’s care and at his farm on Sallisaw’s east side. The investigation eventually spread to Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico where another allegedly mutilated horse was found. It was reported the horses had lost immense amounts of weight and had the bottoms of their hooves cut away. Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Dimitt had about 22 horses in his care and all were recovered by their owners or moved to other trainers.
Dimitt’s preliminary hearing on the charges began in January.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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