A Shawnee man charged with cruelty to animals after three starving horses were found on his property over the summer has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.


A Shawnee man charged with cruelty to animals after three starving horses were found on his property over the summer has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

With the waiver, the case against John Richard Spangler, 34, now advances to arraignment in Pottawatomie County District Court. Spangler is scheduled to enter a formal plea on Dec. 7.

He is accused of willfully, maliciously and cruelly, neglecting three horses that were in captivity at his home, 33940 Lake Road, by depriving them of food, water and veterinary care on June 10, charges show.

Those horses were taken to Shawnee Animal Control for care, where they were treated and slowly introduced to grains and alfalfa.

After some time there, they were transferred to Cargo Ranch, a non-profit horse rescue operation in the Shawnee area, where they are making progress and gaining weight.

If convicted of cruelty to animals, Spangler could face a fine up to $500 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.

With having a former felony conviction on his record, he could face imprisonment up to 10 years, the court filing shows.

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