Abuse & Neglect News


Horse Owner Unsure Whether Seized Mare is Dead or Alive

September 18, 2008

Horse owner Virginia Stack of Quakertown, Pa., wasted no time responding to requests for identification information about her Thoroughbred mare, Sharp Gal. The mare was residing at Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., when authorities with the... Read More


HSUS Takes in Abandoned Horses, Offers Reward

September 15, 2008

There is a resolution in sight for 11 abandoned horses found near Molalla, Ore., earlier this month. Six of the horses were purchased by families at a public auction Sept. 10. At the request of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, The Humane... Read More


Trainer Pleads Guilty to Cruelty Charges

September 13, 2008

A Kentucky-based trainer has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals charges resulting from an October 2007 incident in Nelson County, Ky.

Joseph D. “J.D.” Crescini, who signed the guilty plea Sept. 9, faces a... Read More


Horse Owner Searches for Mare Seized in Breeding Barn Welfare Case

September 09, 2008

When horse owner Anne Maria Cray of Grantville, Pa., started spreading the word that her 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare, WeWe C, was available for a breeding lease, she never imagined that the horse would end up in the middle of a welfare case.... Read More


California Horse Abuse Case Concludes After Three Years

September 03, 2008

Nearly three years after his 35 horses were seized by county authorities, James DeNoyer is on track to get four of the horses back after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of improper disposal of a dead animal during proceedings in... Read More


National Humane Group Files Brief in Michigan Horse Abuse Case

August 26, 2008

The American Humane Association (AHA) has filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Court of Appeals in connection with a controversial animal cruelty case involving Matt Mercier and James Henderson Jr., of Grass Lake, a move that is designed to... Read More


Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty to Cruelty Charge

August 18, 2008

Alesha Matchett, the woman accused of starving 16 horses at the Colorado animal rescue she once operated, has plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement entered in Larimer County District court last week.... Read More


Kentucky Offers Equine Abuse Investigation Course

August 15, 2008

A three day course on investigating equine abuse and neglect is offered by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in cooperation with Morehead State University (MSU) October 1-3, 2008. The class is part of the KHC horse welfare program and is designed... Read More


Horse at Center of Controversial Abuse Case Dies

August 11, 2008

Quincy, the aged mare at the center of a Massachusetts cruelty case, died Aug. 10, just two days before her owner is to appear in a Massachusetts court to face animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone, but we want the case... Read More


Effort to Identify Horses in Seized Herd Continues

August 04, 2008

Last February, the seizure of 45 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from a South Carolina family made national headlines. As court proceedings against defendants Hazelene, James, and Terry Trexler about to move forward, the effort... Read More


Eventer Hoy Cleared on Abuse Charges

July 25, 2008

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy was cleared July 24 on charges of abusing a horse.

The Australian and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, whom he trains, had been accused by the Fédération Equestre... Read More


Horses Seized at Illegal Oklahoma Racetrack Sold at Auction

July 20, 2008

A raid on an illegal racetrack in Oklahoma last year resulted in seizure and retainment of 40 of the 70 horses rounded up at that time. Twenty-five of those horses were sold at auction yesterday (July 19) during a three-hour auction at Heritage... Read More


California Horse Sanctuary Manager Convicted of Cruelty

July 08, 2008

The manager of a horse sanctuary shut down last month by Los Angeles County, Calif., authorities will spend more than two years in prison after being convicted on animal cruelty... Read More


Horse Caretaker Denies Cruelty Accusation

July 06, 2008

A Las Animas County, Colo., man has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals and 31 horses have been removed from his care.

Ferdinand "Fernando" Santana was arrested Tuesday after authorities said some of the horses appeared to b... Read More


Horses Seized from California Sanctuary

June 18, 2008

Nearly 90 horses remain under veterinarians' care at undisclosed locations after officials removed them from the Equus Sanctuary in Pearblossom, Calif.

"They were desperately in need of food and water," said Michelle Roache, deput... Read More


Michigan Horse Abuse Case Heads to Appeals Court

June 13, 2008

The long-running and controversial horse abuse case in Jackson County, Mich., took yet another turn Thursday, when the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments about whether the felony charges against defendants Matt Mercier and James... Read More


The Seized Horse

June 01, 2008

The economy is hurting and many horse owners have lost their jobs, homes, and, in some cases, their horses. Drought, pressure to raise grain rather than hay, and rising fuel costs have pushed hay prices to unprecedented highs. In an ideal world,... Read More


Horse Neglect: What to Do?

June 01, 2008

Experienced horse people who notice neglect should contact the proper authorities to ensure the best outcome for the horse involved.

Every morning on the way to work, you drive by a small pasture that contains seven... Read More


Horses Seized in California Ready for New Homes

May 30, 2008

Ten horses seized in a California abuse case have been released to go to new homes now that their former owner pleaded no contest to the charges against her.

"We will either auction the horses or sell them to a third party who already has... Read More


FEI Investigates Alleged Abuse by Hoy Student

May 23, 2008

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy appeared at hearing Thursday to answer accusations of horse abuse.

Hoy and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, whom he trains, appeared before a three-member panel from the sport's... Read More


Prosecutors Planning to Appeal Seized Horse Reimbursement Ruling

May 19, 2008

An attorney with the Jackson County, Mich., prosecutor's office said Monday he will appeal a Circuit Court ruling that horses at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case were improperly seized, and that their former owner be reimbursed... Read More


Michigan County to Reimburse Abuse Defendants for Seized Horses

May 18, 2008

A Jackson County, Mich., judge ruled on Friday that James Henderson Jr. was improperly forced to forfeit 69 horses during a controversial animal cruelty case, and that he should be reimbursed for their value.

According to Ronald J. Fabian,... Read More


Massachusetts Horse Cruelty Case Continued Again

May 07, 2008

While her owner ponders his legal options, Quincy, the lame 29-year-old mare at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case, remains in the care of an unnamed Massachusetts equine clinic.

"She's as well as can be expected," said... Read More


Felony Charges in Michigan Horse Abuse Case Dismissed

May 01, 2008

A judge yesterday dismissed the felony animal torture charges leveled against two Grass Lake, Mich., men in a case that began more than one year ago.

According to attorney Ronald J. Fabian, who represents defendant Matt Mercier in the case,... Read More


Trial Date Set for Colorado Rescue Abuse Case

April 23, 2008

A Colorado woman accused of starving more than 20 horses at a rescue facility pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges during an appearance in Larimer County District Court yesterday.

According to Linda Jensen, public information office... Read More