Kenai couple charged with cruelty to dogs, cats

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2002

SHELBY, Mont. - A man and woman from Kenai were charged with animal cruelty after U.S. border authorities seized their truckload of malnourished dogs and sick cats at the Port of Sweet Grass near here.

More than 170 dogs, most of them collies, and 10 sick cats were being housed at the Shelby fairgrounds and tended by volunteers.

Johnathan Lewis Harman, 49, and Athena Ann Lethcoe-Harman, 40, told officials they were taking the animals to Arizona.

Harman and Lethcoe-Harman are each charged with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, the Toole County sheriff's office said. Each count carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Lethcoe-Harman was released Friday night on her own recognizance; Harman was released on a $500 bond Saturday.

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