52 Horses Seized from California Ranch, Multiple Felony Charges Handed Down

Three members of a California family have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony animal abuse in connection with the alleged mistreatment of horses at their Ventura County ranch. Jane Bor, her son Ernie, and daughter-in-law Cecelia are free on $10,000 bond each. They were arrested Oct. 8 after authorities took custody of 100 horses residing on their property.

According to Captain Ross Bonfiglio, public information officer for the Ventura County Sheriff's office, investigators became involved in the case the case after a neighbor complained that some of the horses on the 21-acre Bor ranch in Frazier Park, Calif., appeared to be malnourished.

"On Sept. 23 we removed the 14 horses in the worst condition including a (foal) that later died," Bonfiglio said. "We returned on Oct. 8 for another 38 horses and arrested the family at that time."

The horses that were removed are now being cared for at Ventura County Department of Animal Regulation facilities and a county humane society. The remaining 48 horses continue to reside on the Bor property under Animal Regulation Department supervision.

Details about upcoming court dates were unavailable.

Jane Gorden of the Department of Animal Regulation declined to comment on the ongoing investigation except to say the seized horses were doing well.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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