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Susanville man pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

LASSEN COUNTY, CA - A Susanville man charged with animal cruelty pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Dwight Bennett was charged 56 counts of animal cruelty after Lassen County sheriff's deputies found the remains of animals on his property, the Whispering Pines Ranch, in Susanville back in October.

Deputies found decomposed bodies of 28 horses and three dogs, ranging from recent to many years old, the Lassen County Sheriff's Office said.

In April, animal rescue workers removed 20 horses from his property when Bennett relinquished his rights of the animals. The rest of the animals were removed in August.

The animals were taken to the Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills for treatment.

Bennett's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m., a Lassen County Superior Court clerk said.

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FOLSOM CA. — Tigers. African and Asian elephants. Rhinos. Great apes. Marine turtles. The Folsom Post Office held a special stamp ceremony at the Folsom Zoo that could help save them all.  Net proceeds from the sales of the new Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.

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“This stamp marks the fourth semipostal issued by the Postal Service. These types of stamps provide an extremely convenient way for the American public to contribute to help protect threatened and vanishing species,” said Folsom Postmaster Donna Landau.

Owner of horse ranch charged with animal cruelty

SUSANVILLE, CA - A Lassen County man is charged with cruelty to animals after sheriff's deputies found the remains of approximately 28 horses and three dogs on the man's property at Whispering Pines Ranch on Highway 36 in Susanville.

According to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff's Office, the animal remains were found decomposed, ranging from recent to many years old.

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Rescue workers removed 20 horses from the property in April when Dwight Benett, 57, relinquinshed his rights, according to Beth DeCaprio, founder of The Grace Foundation. The remaining horses were removed from the property in August, said DeCaprio.