11/19/2004 1:00AM

Trainer held for cruelty


Trainer Glenn Hild was arrested in Arkansas on Thursday on 17 counts of animal cruelty. He was released on $1,000 bond and a court date was set for Dec. 7.

Hild, who disputes the allegations that some of his horses were malnourished, said he has engaged a lawyer to enter talks with the Humane Society of Garland County, which sought the arrest warrant.

Animal welfare officials seized 17 horses owned by Hild and his wife, Sharon, in the last week and sought a warrant for his arrest. The horses were stabled at a farm Hild had owned and has since sold.

Calls to the Humane Society of Garland County were not returned as of Friday afternoon.

Hild says his horses are fed daily.

"Some of the ones they took were big and fat, and I don't understand that," he said. "There were some in there that were skinny, but they were cribbers or older mares."

Cribbers, said Hild, don't eat well.

"I've got proof I've been feeding. I've got feed bills."