Monday, October 17, 2016

Animal Cruelty Trial May Be Set for December

Robert Dimitt, 58, of Sallisaw will most likely go to trial in December on five charges of cruelty to animals.

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. 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.

A spokesman for the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s office said scheduling trials depends on state funding.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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