Abuse & Neglect News


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


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