Abuse & Neglect News


Charges in South Carolina Abuse Case Could be Upgraded

March 12, 2008

Animal abuse charges against James Trexler will be upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies if a Richmond County grand jury hands down an indictment in his case.

According to Kelly Graham, spokesperson for the Richland County, S.C., Humane... Read More


S.C. Official Charged with Horse Abuse Resigns

March 07, 2008

A South Carolina agriculture official accused of abusing horses has resigned from the department.

Agency spokeswoman Becky Walton said Friday that James Trexler has resigned as assistant agriculture commissioner. He had been suspended... Read More


South Carolina Abuse Investigation: Horses Impounded in Georgia Found

March 06, 2008

Georgia officials visited Richland County, S.C., on Monday to attend court proceedings connected with the ongoing horse abuse case there. But before they left, they discovered that a total of 25 horses formerly under quarantine in Georgia had... Read More


Horse Abuse Defendants Extradited to Georgia

March 06, 2008

Hazelene Trexler, 70, and Terry Trexler, 44, were on their way to Georgia Thursday morning to face multiple counts of animal cruelty, according to Jefferson County, Ga., Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Kitchens. Two deputies were slated to leave Jefferson... Read More


British Man Convicted of Horse Neglect, Banned from Owning Animals

March 05, 2008

A 22-year-old man from Lingfield in Surrey, U.K., has been banned from keeping animals for life after neglecting two horses now in the care of the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH).

Billy Stanford appeared before... Read More


South Carolina Horse Abuse Investigation: Remains Exhumed

March 03, 2008

Remains of a dozen horses found in gravesites located on property formerly owned by the Trexler family in Sumter County, S.C., are undergoing forensic testing at a lab at Florida State University. The remains were recovered Saturday by... Read More


Forensic Veterinarian Joins South Carolina Abuse Probe

March 02, 2008

A forensic veterinarian has joined the investigation to multiple alleged incidents of horse abuse in South Carolina.

Melinda D. Merck, DVM, senior director of veterinary forensics for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to... Read More


More Charges in Georgia for Two South Carolina Horse Abuse Defendants

February 29, 2008

A mother and son each charged with more than 20 counts of ill treatment of animals in South Carolina are facing extradition to Georgia where similar counts have been filed against the pair.

Hazelene E. Trexler, 70, and her son Terry A.... Read More


23 Horses Seized from South Carolina Farm

February 26, 2008

One day after seizing 23 allegedly malnourished horses from an Eastover, S.C., pasture, investigators with the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) were compiling paperwork to seek legal ownership of the... Read More


California Racing Board to Review Synthetic Surfaces

February 17, 2008

The California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a special forum to discuss synthetic track surfaces Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.

As many as 38 panelists from all segments of the horse-racing industry are invited to take part in the... Read More


Racing Medication Rules Struck Down in Louisiana

February 13, 2008

The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has struck down the state racing commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Model Rules, according to the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.... Read More


Police Force to Pay for Detaining Seized Horse

February 05, 2008

A police force in Britain will have to pay damages of £80,000 (around $157,000) for wrongfully detaining a seized horse, The Lancashire Evening... Read More


Judge Awards Seized Virginia Horses to County

February 01, 2008

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

January 30, 2008

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


48 Horses Seized in Virginia

January 24, 2008

Loudoun County, Va., officials said animal cruelty charges might be filed against the owners of four dozen horses seized from a Middleburg farm this week.

County officials said Wednesday that many of the horses were emaciated. All 48 horses... Read More


Horses Seized from Another Colorado Rescue

January 23, 2008

Operators of another Colorado horse rescue have been accused of animal cruelty, less than a month after a similar case occurred in the state. Now, one rescue industry operator in that state says the two seizures illustrate the plight of... Read More


Convoy of Donations Organized for Seized U.K. Horses

January 21, 2008

A convoy of 30 trailers laden with donations of tack and other items (with an estimated value of £500,000, or around $291,000) will convene on a U.K. welfare group Jan 26. The donations will benefit the International League for the Protection of... Read More


Michigan Horse Cruelty Case Stretches to Autumn 2008

January 21, 2008

Two Michigan men accused of animal cruelty and torture in a highly publicized equine welfare case are slated to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Sept. 30, 2008, according to a spokesperson for the Jackson County 12th District Court... Read More


USDA Seeking Public Comment on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

January 20, 2008

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking public comment to shape the scope of an environmental impact statement (EIS). This statement is prepared to assist in the determination of the status of genetically engineered Roundup... Read More


More Than 50 Animals Removed from Michigan Farm

January 20, 2008

Mackinac County, Mich., authorities have removed 54 animals from a Rexton farm.

County animal control officer Wendy Frosland said the owner tried to care for them but the cost and the work became too much.

The owner still could face... Read More


Rescue Operator Seeks Hearing to Retain Custody of Seized Horses

January 09, 2008

An attorney for a Colorado woman whose horses were seized by Larimer County authorities is seeking a bond hearing to recover custody of the animals.

The seizure took place on Dec. 29 when Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden ordered the... Read More


Owners Sued by Woman who Struck Horse on Highway

January 06, 2008

 The New Mexico state Transportation Department has been sued by a Rowe woman who said she was injured when her vehicle struck a horse on N.M. 34.

Gina Bazan was driving near Rowe early Jan. 29, 2007, when she struck the animal ''running... Read More


Arrest Made in Illinois Horse Abuse Case

January 05, 2008

Sheriff's deputies have arrested a rural Mansfield, Ill., man following the death of three horses on his farm.

Piatt County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Todd McCabe said that he arrested Richard Pagel, rural Mansfield, for aggravated... Read More


Horse Rescue Owner Trying to Get Seized Animals Back

January 01, 2008

The owner of a Fort Collins, Colo., animal rescue shelter says she will try to raise $10,000 for a bond so she can reclaim 27 animals seized by county officials over allegations that... Read More


Horse Population Increases Across Virginia

December 31, 2007

A new study shows the number of horses, ponies and mules in Virginia grew 26% between 2001 and 2006.

The 2006 Equine Survey Report was released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics... Read More