California Family Pleads Not Guilty in Horse Abuse Case

Members of the California family accused of mistreating horses at their Ventura County Ranch pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of felony animal abuse/neglect at their Oct. 16 arraignment in Ventura Superior Court. Wendy Macfarlane, senior deputy district attorney in the Special Prosecutions Unit for the Ventura County District Attorney's office, said Jane Bor, Bor's son, Ernie, and daughter-in-law, Cecelia, could face a maximum prison term of 11 years, eight months.

The charges stem from county animal officials' removal of a total 52 allegedly malnourished horses from the family's 21-acre ranch near Frazier Park, Calif., on Sept. 23 and Oct. 8. Another 48 horses continue to reside on the property under Animal Regulation Department care.

A hearing in the case is slated for Nov. 21.

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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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