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MINOT, N.D. - A 34-year-old Minot man has been accused of dragging a horse down a road as it was tied by a rope to a stock trailer and later striking another man in the head with the butt of his rifle and cutting him with a knife.

Cody Lynn Sundby, 34, is charged with animal cruelty, a Class C felony, and two counts of aggravated assault, both Class C felonies, in district court in McHenry County.

According to court documents, Sundby, who was living in the tiny town of Bergen about 30 miles southeast of Minot at the time, was seen dragging the horse down the road behind a stock trailer by a rope on the evening of Aug. 24.

The documents said as the horse was dragged, the animal suffocated and struck its head on the back of the stock trailer, separating its gums from its teeth. One witness took video of the horse struggling as it was dragged through the city streets.

A McHenry County deputy found the horse's blood at different points on the streets. Eventually, a McHenry County deputy located the horse and trailer, contacted a veterinarian to treat the horse for its injuries and the animal was loaded into a trailer and taken away by its owners, said documents.

Early the next morning, law enforcement officers received another call that Sundby had allegedly gone to a residence and hit another man over the back of the head with the butt of a rifle, knocking him out. He also is accused of cutting the man with a knife. The alleged victim had a deep gash on one side of his chin and another deep gash above his left eye that required stitches.