North Pole man faces animal cruelty charges

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) _ A North Pole man faces animal cruelty charges after four severely malnourished horses were found on his property.

AP reports charges were filed Friday against Thomas Patrick Fisher.

Alaska State Troopers began investigating after four horses were reported loose July 2 and seized by authorities the next day.

A veterinarian's report says the horses were malnourished and in poor to very poor condition due to abuse and neglect.

Troopers say they couldn't find any horse feed on Fisher's property, and one horse had a leg wound so severe it couldn't put any weight on it.

Online court records didn't list an attorney for Fisher, and his home phone wasn't operating correctly yesterday.

Fisher had a business license until 2009 for a venture called ``Alaska Horseback Guides.''