A bankrupt Montana rancher whose starving horses were fed donated hay over the winter bought back dozens of the animals at an auction.
The sale was held last weekend after the horses were rounded up for trespassing on Crow tribal lands.
The Billings Gazette reports that Jim Leachman's son bought 60 to 70 quarter horses during the Bureau of Indian Affairs auction and that Leachman paid the BIA with a cashier's check on Wednesday.
The BIA Crow superintendent says she did not know how much he paid.
In January, a veterinarian said hundreds of horses left on the ranch that Leachman lost at a federal foreclosure sale were starving. He is charged with seven counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Information from: Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com