Abuse & Neglect News


Texas Horse Cruelty Case Motivates Legislative Change

October 29, 2007

A 22-year-old Texas man will serve nine months in jail for torturing and killing a yearling filly named Cowboy Chic in her pasture last October.

A jury convicted Kenneth Ryan Peterson of animal cruelty and felony criminal mischief in 11... Read More


California Horse Owners Evacuating in Face of Fire

October 22, 2007

Strong Santa Ana winds and a landscape already parched by drought have combined to help nearly a dozen fires spread across Southern California since the weekend. Many horse owners have evacuated, applying the lessons learned after a string of... Read More


Texas Man Convicted of Cruelty in Horse Killing

October 19, 2007

One of the men charged with killing a Palomino filly in her Bryan, Texas, pasture last October was yesterday found guilty of cruelty to animals, Read More


Seized Georgia Horses to be Auctioned Oct. 20

October 18, 2007

The remainder of the horses impounded from a Pike County farm in February will be offered for sale Saturday, Oct. 20 in an auction run by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) at the Mansfield Equine Impound Facility in Jasper County.... Read More


Former Owner of Seized Maryland Horses Seeks Change to Cruelty Sentence

October 18, 2007

A woman convicted of animal cruelty for neglecting horses on her western Maryland farm has asked a judge to loosen the terms of her probation so she can move out of state.

Barbara P. Reinken, 62, wants to move to North Carolina but... Read More


AP Review: Lab Incidents with Deadly Germs on the Rise

October 02, 2007

American laboratories handling the world's deadliest germs and toxins have experienced more than 100 accidents and missing shipments since 2003, and the number is increasing steadily as more labs across the country are approved to do the work.... Read More


Georgia Official Says Horse Abuse, Neglect On The Uptick

September 23, 2007

Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin says horse abuse and neglect is on the rise statewide.

A drought that led to hay shortages, the closing of horse slaughterhouses, a downturn in the... Read More


Illinois Prosecutor Plans Horse Case Charges; Lawyer Denies Neglect

September 22, 2007

Coles County, Ill., state's attorney Steve Ferguson plans to file charges in the alleged horse neglect incident, but he wants to see reports on each of the nearly 60 horses first.

Attorney Michael Tague of Champaign, Ill., who is representing... Read More


Storm Warnings Issued Along Gulf Coast

September 21, 2007

Severe weather, including a tornado, damaged about 50 homes in central Florida, before the system became a tropical depression Friday and had parts of the Gulf Coast under tropical storm warnings.

The tornado touched down late Thursday and... Read More


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September 14, 2007

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Montana Man Faces 16 Cruelty Counts

September 14, 2007

Authorities have filed 16 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty against a Corvallis, Mont., man, after reporting they found dozens of neglected horses, dogs, pigs, and other animals on his property last month.

The case met criteria for felon... Read More


North Carolina Drought Continues Despite Tropical Storm

September 11, 2007

North Carolina's first tropical storm of the year did virtually nothing to ease drought in the few coastal counties it touched, so the state's hopes Monday turned to a forecast o... Read More


Iowa Man Fined $334 in Horse Neglect Case

September 08, 2007

A Montrose, Iowa, man who authorities say starved and abused his eight horses and one foal was fined $334 after he pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty.

Michael Jacob Cain, 30, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in Lee County district court.... Read More


Authorities Seize Animals from Allegedly Neglected Menagerie

September 07, 2007

Law enforcement officers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, checking on a complaint about an abused horse found nearly two dozen neglected animals living inside a double-wide trailer home--including two whitetail deer stashed inside the... Read More


Serbia to Return Allegedly Neglected Lipizzaner Horses

August 29, 2007

A herd of famed Lipizzaner horses, which were brought to Serbia during the Balkan wars and allegedly faced neglect, will return to Croatia, officials said Tuesday.

Agriculture Ministers Slobodan Milosavljevic of Serbia and Petar Cobankovic... Read More


Owner Relinquishes Horses in Tennessee Neglect Case

August 29, 2007

Derek Ulmer appeared in Marshall County, Tenn., General Sessions court Aug. 28. He agreed to relinquish his ownership rights to all 16 horses seized on August 4, 2007. Ulmer requested a preliminary hearing on both sets of charges. The May charge... Read More


Tennessee Sheriff: Man Charged with Cruelty to Horses Not Serving in Iraq

August 28, 2007

A Lewisburg, Tenn., man charged with animal cruelty was not performing military service in Iraq as The Associated Press reported, but was actually stateside when Marshall County... Read More


Equine Influenza Halts Aussie Racing

August 25, 2007

Racetracks across Australia were all but shut down Saturday, the country's richest horse race is in doubt and losses could total more than a billion dollars after an outbreak of equine influenza.

The highly contagious equine virus was... Read More


Group Calling for Vet Exam of Allegedly Neglected Lipizzaners

August 24, 2007

An animal rights group Friday called for an international team of vets to examine dozens of famed Lipizzaner horses it says face starvation while Serbia and Croatia argue over their ownership.

The Belgrade-based "Freedom for Animals" group... Read More


Animal Cruelty Charges Filed Against Horse Trader

August 19, 2007

A Wanette, Okla., man has been charged with felony cruelty to animals after authorities confiscated more than 100 horses and mules from his property.

Prosecutors allege 61-year-old Charles Edward Johnson failed to provide adequate food, drink,... Read More


Campers Pull Together to Help a Neglected Horse

August 19, 2007

The story she was told was that he was dumped at an abandoned hotel, with nothing to eat or drink. He subsisted on sawdust.

True or not, the ending to the story of Bones, a male horse believed to be older than 30, is destined to be better than... Read More


Chase to Oversee Horse Council Communications

August 17, 2007

Sarah A. Chase is joining the staff of the American Horse Council as the new director of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based organization.

Chase, who has served as director of the Washington office of a major national consumer group,... Read More


Emaciated Florida Horses Seized

August 12, 2007

Five severely emaciated horses and a donkey are in the custody of Tampa officials after they were taken from their owner's care in Largo, Fla., yesterday.

A tipster directed authorities to dirty pens with no food or water and little shad... Read More


Michigan Horse Abuse Debate Rages On

August 04, 2007

A Web site designed to refute allegations brought by Jackson County, Michigan, Animal Control authorities against Matthew Mercier and James Henderson Jr., both accused of felony animal torture in Grass Lake, Mich., is the latest twist in a case tha... Read More


Serbian Minister Checks on Lipizzaner Horses After Reports of Neglect

August 02, 2007

A Serbian government minister Thursday visited a herd of famed Lipizzaner horses rescued from war, but now at the center of claims of starvation and neglect.

The horses were brought to north Serbia from Lipik, Croatia, in 1991 to protect... Read More