Man makes court appearance in horse release case

Farm Forum

(AP) A man appeared in court on May 5 to face charges connected to the release of 37 horses at the Stanley County Fairgrounds.

The man, Jordan James Pourier, 24, was held on a $5,000 bond for aggravated assault for allegedly threatening someone with a pitchfork, third-degree burglary, six counts of injuring an animal of another and trespassing, KCCR-AM reported.

It was not immediately clear whether the Lower Brule man has legal representation. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 20.

The horses, owned by a Wounded Knee man, were released from a barn about 2 a.m. on May 4 and roamed the Pierre and Fort Pierre area. The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office, Pierre Police Department and South Dakota Highway Patrol, along with members of the horse community, helped round up the horses and took them back to Fort Pierre.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Greg Swanson said some were racehorses. Swanson said six of the horses suffered injuries and two might not be able to race again. A sheriff’s office vehicle also was damaged when a horse collided with it.