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Hay airlifted to hungry horses abandoned at a ranch in Montana

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Hay flies through the air as Al and A.J. Blain, of Billings Flying Service, use a helicopter to haul hay to horses on the former Leachman Cattle Company ranch east of Billings on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. The Billings Gazette reports that the Northern International Livestock Exposition had collected $10,000 in cash donations and about 250 tons of hay by Thursday. Five dead horses have been found on the ranch. A Montana veterinarian had warned that others would start dying off in droves if they did not receive food soon. The horses belong to James H. Leachman, who has filed for bankruptcy. Leachman is scheduled to appear Friday on multiple charges of animal cruelty.

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Horses gather around hay dropped from a helicopter hauling hay to horses on the former Leachman Cattle Company ranch east of Billings on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011.