Don Harwood, the Rapid Valley man convicted of abusing nine horses, is now a wanted man.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the 51-year-old man who was ordered to turn himself in at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Pennington County Jail to begin serving a five-year jail sentence.

Harwood also has two failure to comply with sentence warrants for driving under revocation and a warrant related to failing to pay child support.

Harwood and his wife, Terri Harwood, were convicted of nine counts of inhumane treatment of an animal after a jury trial in August.

Terri Harwood was sentenced to one year in jail and eight years probation. Her husband's sentence also included four years of probation at the end of his jail term. Neither, however, attended the sentencing hearing Wednesday.

At the sentencing, Don Harwood's attorney, Robbie Rohl, told Magistrate Judge Shawn Pahlke that he had advised his client, Don Harwood, to not attend the hearing, citing his "heated, spirited personality."

A warrant was not issued for Terri Harwood, who had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to report to Court Services. Pahlke did authorize electronic monitoring for Terri Harwood, which would allow her to continue working and living at home.

Anyone with information on Don Harwood's location is asked to contact the Pennington County Sheriff's Office at 394-2151.

Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

(5) comments

Lenapeho
Lenapeho

shortstuff- There have been people who have been trying to get this guy away from horses for 8 years. He is a monster. Then you bring a person who is guilty of rape- I can't tell, based on your post, if the perpetrator is a man and the victim a girl- or if the perp is a woman and we don't know who the victim is... Your post is anything but clear. As to people caring more about someone who would abuse, starve and neglect horses than a rapists is rather closed minded. Most people are capable of focusing on more than one issue at a time- but you start pointing fingers at the 3 people who posted a comment- what can you tell us about the 116 pages of people with multiple warrants out for their arrest- are you focusing only on this one rapist? What about the other 3,000+ people that have injured someone one way or another?

shortstuff30
shortstuff30

You are so worried about this guy but yet there is a girl out there that has was guilty to rape and yet she is out walking the streets and nobody has said a word about that !! Where have people's morals gone. This guy has a misdemeanor charge and got 5 years and yet she hasn't seven been sentenced yet. People need to get their heads on straight!!!!

dennyk
dennyk

I agree but at least we need to do what we can to get him behind bars.

Lenapeho
Lenapeho

Does anyone have a vehicle description of what he may be driving? Have the nearby states been notified of this sociopath being on the loose?

Rowdy
Rowdy

He should be shot on sight and his attorney disbarred.

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