John V. Wood

John V. Wood is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and now teaches his craft to high school students in North Carolina. Wood has been published in numerous national magazines/newspapersover his career, and published his first book in June 2010. Wood currently lives in Willow Spring, NC.

Articles by John Wood

Judge Awards Seized Virginia Horses to County

A Loudoun County general district judge determined at a hearing held Jan. 30 that 48 seized Thoroughbreds will remain in county custody. The horses were seized in a raid on a Middleburg, Va., farm on Jan. 22, after local officials and Read More

Charges Pending on Horses Seized from Virginia Farm

Loudoun County, Va., officials seized 48 horses from a Middleburg farm, and animal cruelty charges could be on the horizon for the horses' owners. Officials said many of the horses were emaciated, standing in areas covered by their own feces, an Read More

New Tax Could Put Tennessee Horse Owners in Bind

As if the drought wasn't enough for the farmers of Tennessee. Beginning Jan. 1, all people buying feed (hay, grain, etc.), farm equipment, and other tax-exempt farm supplies in the Volunteer State had to present proof of exemption or pay almost Read More

California Owner Charged with Cruelty

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

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California Owner Charged with Cruelty

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a northwestern California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

Mendocino County Read More

Sixteen Horses Die in Colorado Storm

After a powerful thunderstorm struck Calhan, Colo., in mid-October, a neighbor of rancher William DeWitt found 16 of DeWitt's horses dead in their pasture while checking his own adjacent pasture. Police and a veterinarian have determined that Read More

Study Might Link American Robins To West Nile Virus

A recent DNA study of the blood consumed by 300 mosquitoes in Connecticut over the past three years found that 40% fed on American robins, while only 1% fed on American crows, a known host of West Nile virus (WNV). Theodore Andreadis, MS, PhD, Read More

Study Might Link American Robins to West Nile Virus

A recent DNA study of the blood consumed by 300 mosquitoes in Connecticut over the past three years found that 40% of them fed on American robins (Turdus migratorius), while only 1% fed on American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) Read More

Evolution: Characteristics Dependent on Geography, Climate

Research suggests that horses' size, diet, and distance traveled depended on external factors. Read More

California Strangles Outbreak; At Least 60 Horses Affected

A strangles outbreak has placed a boarding stable in northern Los Angeles County, Calif., under quarantine, and more than 60 horses at the farm remain under close observation. The outbreak of the highly contagious upper respiratory disease cause Read More

Hendra Virus Resurfaces in Australia

Ten years after a deadly virus was first discovered in Australia, it has reared its ugly head once again. A horse near the Townsville area of Australia was diagnosed with Hendra virus, a deadly equine morbillivirus, on Dec. 14, 2004, and it was Read More

WNV Vaccine: Safe for Broodmares

Researchers at Texas A&M University (TAMU) have just completed a retrospective study into the safety of administering the killed West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine to pregnant broodmares, the first study on this topic in equine reproductive Read More

EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized in December. The first case was found Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began Read More

EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized. The first case was discovered Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began Read More

Crunching the Numbers: California's Equine WNV Mortality Rate

California horse owners have been keenly aware of the problem presented by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004, but the problem took a deadly turn last year. The virus was discovered in all but one of the Golden State's 58 counties, leaving only Del Read More