Friday, August 12, 2016

Animal Cruelty Case Continued

The formal arraignment of former race horse trainer Robert Dimitt, 58, of Sallisaw was continued Thursday in Sequoyah County District Court.

Dimitt is charged with five counts of cruelty to animals. His attorney, Donn Baker of Tahlequah, requested a continuance from District Judge Jeff Payton due to an “unforeseen circumstance.” Judge Payton granted the continuance and reset the arraignment for 9 a.m. Oct. 13.

Dimitt was arrested Aug. 3, 2015, 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 in Sallisaw. It was reported the horses had lost immense amounts of weight and had the bottoms of their hooves cut away. Dimitt’s preliminary hearing on the charges began in January and was continued several times for various reasons.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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