The preliminary hearing for Robert Howard Dimitt, 58, of Sallisaw on five cruelty to animal charges has been continued to July 8 in Sequoyah County District Court, according to court records.
Dimitt was arrested Aug. 3 for animal cruelty and is free on a $25,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Dimitt trains race horses but lost his trainer’s license in Oklahoma after being accused of drugging horses. He continued to train under the names of other licensed trainers.
The charges resulted from an investigation that found dead and mutilated horses in Dimitt’s care and at his farm on Sallisaw’s east side, and 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 and has been continued three times for various reasons.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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