Abuse & Neglect News


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


Colorado Veterinarians Now Required to Report Suspected Abuse

July 25, 2007

Colorado veterinarians are now required to report suspected animal abuse or neglect, thanks to a state law that went into effect July 1. Supported by organized veterinary medicine, proponents say the statute is meant to encourage veterinarians t... Read More


Michigan Men to Stand Trial, Forfeit Horses in Neglect Case

July 23, 2007

A judge on Friday ordered two men to stand trial on animal torture charges stemming from the discovery of 69 allegedly malnourished horses that were impounded from a Grass Lake, Mich., farm.

District Court Judge Joseph Fili... Read More


Great-Grandson of Secretariat Among Horses Seized in Tennessee

July 05, 2007

A descendant of the 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat was among 20 horses seized from a Bristol, Tenn., woman charged with animal cruelty, investigators said.

A 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding named Rainaway, the champion's... Read More


Ohio Horse Dead of Neglect, Another Seized

July 01, 2007

Reports from neighbors had Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Humane Officer Dawn Smitley investigating a property in Perry Township on Friday, June 29. According to a report  on www.Times-Reporter.com by... Read More


Dozens of Horses Seized in Texas; Custody Meeting Scheduled

July 01, 2007

According to an article by Brad Keller on the HeraldBanner.com, about 80 horses were seized and removed from a ranch south of Greenville, Texas, the last week of June for alleged mistreatment. A hearing to determine custody of the horses is... Read More


Rolex Alleged Abuse Hearing Held; Decision Expected within 30 Days

June 25, 2007

According to a statement released today (June 25) by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the hearing in the case of alleged abuse at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event involving rider Amy Tryon was held earlier today.

Tryon's... Read More


Dog Helps Save Foal from Abandoned Well

June 14, 2007

It could have been a scene straight out of "Lassie." Kurt Smith was working in the yard at his horse boarding and breeding facility in Bangor, Maine, Monday when Molly, his border collie, came running and barking, signaling that something was amiss... Read More


Animal Cruelty Charges Against 4-H Queen Dropped

June 11, 2007

A judge dismissed animal cruelty charges Monday against the Oakland County, Mich., 4-H Club queen, who had been suspended and faced losing her crown if convicted.

Lapeer District Judge Laura Barnard dismissed the charges against Kate Mills, 20... Read More


Animal ID: Canadian, Mexican Secretaries of Ag. to Share Views

June 08, 2007

Secretary Mike Johanns, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Alberto Cardenas, Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture, have been invited to give their nations' perspectives on animal identification at the National Institute for Animal... Read More


Charges Filed in Indiana Horse Neglect Case

June 07, 2007

Charges have been filed in the ongoing Gibson County, Ind., horse neglect case. Richard Stallings, 66, of Owensville, was charged June 6 with five counts of felony animal neglect and 30 misdemeanor counts of neglect of a vertebrate... Read More


Pike County Neglect Case: More than 50 Horses Sold

June 05, 2007

More than 50 of the horses impounded in February from a farm in Pike County, Ga., were sold Saturday at a Georgia Department of Agriculture auction.

The 54 lots sold for $17,495, which will be deposited into an escrow account and held... Read More


Rolex Alleged Abuse Case Hearing Scheduled for June 25

June 03, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced Friday (June 1) that U.S. eventing rider Amy Tryon has requested a hearing regarding an incident of alleged abuse that occurred o... Read More


Horses Impounded in Ongoing Indiana Neglect Case

May 31, 2007

Gibson County officials and the Indiana Horse Rescue last weekend removed 15 horses from a southern Indiana farm in another chapter of what they call a chronic case of horse neglect. An additional 35 horses were removed from the property last... Read More


Neglected Maryland Horses Continue Recovery

May 28, 2007

Seventy-five horses seized from a Sharpsburg farm in Maryland are gradually finding homes from the Humane Society of Washington County, according to an article at www.baltimoresun.com Read More


22 Horses Seized From Farm, Woman Charged

May 27, 2007

Authorities seized 22 horses from a southwest Iowa farm and have cited the owner with 22 counts of animal neglect.

The horses were removed from Amanda Boyle's farm on Monday after officials with the Harrison County sheriff's office received a... Read More


Pony Rescued from Abandoned Well

May 16, 2007

A pony that fell into an abandoned well in Killingworth, Conn., Monday morning was rescued unharmed after crews used a tow truck from a local auto repair shop to lift it to safety.

The pint-sized equine was reported trapped in the well on... Read More


Starving, Neglected Horses Found in Oklahoma

May 12, 2007

Tulsa County sheriff's deputies have taken custody of several horses that were found allegedly starving and neglected on a Bixby couple's property (south of Tulsa, Okla.).

Darrell and Roberta Christian have been accused in at least 13... Read More


Horse Abandonment

May 01, 2007

Any domestic horse in the United States that doesn't have an owner who is managing the horse on a regular basis is abandoned. All domestic horses start out life in the United States as the property of someone. Even the Bureau of Land Management... Read More