Settlement talks fail in civil-rights suit filed over seizure of horses

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By Gabrielle Porter

Two Bailey men who filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Park County officials and an Aspen Park-based veterinarian after being cleared of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in 2013 will take the case to trial after settlement talks failed, their attorney said.  

Denver-based attorney Brice Tondre, who is representing Ron Swift and Randy Hatlee in their lawsuit against Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener and others, said Swift, Hatlee and the defendants they named could not reach an agreement at a Jan. 22 settlement conference.

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