Abuse & Neglect News


Maryland Farmer Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

June 24, 2010

A Maryland farm operator faces multiple animal cruelty charges for the alleged maltreatment of 26 horses on his Garrett County property. Last month, animal welfare authorities removed the horses along with other livestock after recei... Read More


Colorado Rancher Sentenced in Abuse Case

June 09, 2010

A Colorado man will serve one year in a work release program for maltreating 17 horses on his Jefferson County ranch.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies seized the animals from their owner, John McCulley, in May 2009 after a tip... Read More


Plea Entered in New York Cruelty Case

May 27, 2010

A New York Morgan horse breeder and trainer accused of maltreating animals at her Erie County farm pleaded not guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges during an appearance in East Aurora Town Court on May 26.

In March, the Society ... Read More


Thoroughbred Breeder Gets Maximum Sentence for Neglect

May 21, 2010

Citing a "failure to recognize" bad acts and a "lack of remorse," Judge George J. Pulver Jr. on May 18 handed down the maximum possible sentence to prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder Ernest Paragallo. Convicted on 33 c... Read More


NY Farm Operator Faces Cruelty Charges

May 17, 2010

A New York farm operator faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged neglect of 73 horses that were removed from her Erie County property in March.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) ... Read More


Thoroughbred Trainer Convicted of Cruelty Charges Released Early

May 12, 2010

A former Thoroughbred horse trainer who pleaded guilty to multiple animal cruelty counts earlier this year was released from jail on May 12 after serving 126 days of his 180-day sentence.

Chad Moore was charged with 12 counts of anim... Read More


Ohio Woman Convicted on Cruelty Counts

May 03, 2010

An Ohio woman has been found guilty on more than 40 counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty for maltreating Arabian horses on her Oak Harbor farm. An Ottawa County Municipal Court jury returned the verdicts April 30.

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Supreme Court Rules Free Speech Trumps Animal Cruelty Videos

April 21, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a federal law banning the "commercial creation, sale, or possession of certain depictions of animal cruelty." The court, on an 8-1 vote April 20, declared the federal law too broad and ... Read More


Judge Allows Evidence in Ohio Cruelty Case

April 06, 2010

A judge has declined to discard evidence in the case of an Ohio woman charged with maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses at her Ottawa County farm.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County seized 36 alleg... Read More


Tennessee Livestock Cruelty Bill Fails

March 31, 2010

A bill that would make cruelty to horses and other livestock a felony in Tennessee died in the state's House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Current law applies to companion animals only

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Horse Owner Sentenced in Louisiana Abuse Case

March 30, 2010

The Louisiana man charged with brutalizing his horse in 2007 has been sentenced to three years' probation and is prohibited from contact with horses for three years.

Tony Meyers was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to anima... Read More


Ohio Woman Accused of Cruelty Declines Plea Deal

March 16, 2010

The Ohio woman accused of maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses has rejected a plea agreement that would reduce the charges against her.

Robin Vess was charged with 42 counts of animal cruelty last month after animal welfare author... Read More


New York Thoroughbred Breeder Convicted on 33 Cruelty Counts

March 10, 2010

Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York Thoroughbred breeder and trainer has been convicted of mistreating dozens of horses. Paragallo was convicted March 10 of 33 of 34 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts in a non-jury trial.

The 52-yea... Read More


Pack Horse Abuse Appeal Yields Jail Sentences, Fines

March 08, 2010

A father and son found guilty of overworking and neglecting their horses during a pack trip in Montana in 2008 were each handed six months in jail during their appeal last week.

Craig Heydon and his son, Curtis Heydon, will also have... Read More


Thoroughbred Trainer Pleads Guilty to Abuse Charges

March 03, 2010

Thoroughbred trainer Chad Moore will serve 180 days in jail and is barred from owning or training animals for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of animal abandonment under an agreement entered in Clermont County Municipal Court on ... Read More


Second Pack Horse Cruelty Trial Yields Guilty Verdicts

March 01, 2010

A Montana jury has found two men guilty of animal cruelty for starving and overworking three of their four horses during a pack trip through the Montana wilderness in the summer of 2008.

Curtis Heydon, 38, was found guilty of 10 coun... Read More


Nebraska Rancher Sentenced on Cruelty Charges

February 25, 2010

Jason Meduna, the Nebraska rancher found guilty of maltreating former Bureau of Land Management mustangs will serve not less than 40 months in prison, and is prohibited from owning or working with livestock for 30 years.

Morrill Coun... Read More


Second Pack Horse Cruelty Trial Begins

February 24, 2010

Two men found guilty of animal cruelty last year for allegedly overworking and neglecting four horses during a two-month pack trip in the mountains of Montana are back on trial this week, following their district court appeal.

Craig ... Read More


Ohio Seized Horse Ownership: Federal Ruling Sought

February 11, 2010

Attorneys in Ohio are asking a U.S. District Court judge to declare an Arabian horse rescue organization the legal owner of horses removed from an Oak Harbor farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Otta... Read More


Seized Oregon Horses Recovering

February 10, 2010

Most of the 31 horses removed from an Oregon farm last month are thriving under rehabilitative care, said Cindy Kingsberry, president and founder of Linn County Animal Rescue, the agency in charge of the animals.

Linn County Sheriff&... Read More


Ohio Arabian Group Granted Custody of Seized Horses

February 09, 2010

An Arabian horse welfare organization has assumed the care of 31 allegedly malnourished horses seized from an Oak Harbor, Ohio, farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County discovered 37 animal... Read More


Texas Group Gains Custody of Seized Donkeys, Horses

February 05, 2010

Allegedly maltreated animals recently removed from a Texas ranch will be moving to new homes now that a Fannin County judge has put them in Habitat for Horses custody.

Fannin County police and Habitat for Horses investigators removed... Read More


Charges Filed in Ohio Arabian Cruelty Case

February 02, 2010

An Ohio woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges after county animal welfare authorities removed 31 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from her property.

Last week animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa Co... Read More


Reward Offered in Texas Horse Shooting

February 02, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a horse near Weatherford, Texas.

Repo... Read More


31 Horses Seized, Oregon Rancher Faces Charges

January 28, 2010

An Oregon woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges following the removal of 31 allegedly neglected horses from her property last week.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies and animal rescue agency volunteers removed the animals ... Read More