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Leachman's Appeal Denied

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A court denied the appeal of convicted horse abuser James Leachman.  

He was found guilty of five counts of animal cruelty last year. In court documents, he challenged whether he had custody of the horses or whether it could be determined he abandoned the animals.
     
Judge Susan Watters wrote Leachman never raised the issue of custody before the court and cannot change his position in an appeal.
     
Five horses died or had to be euthanized as a result of the injuries sustained from plastic identification bands Leachman attached to their legs.
     
He was sentenced to serve five years in prison with all but 120 days suspended and to pay a $5,000.

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