100 Horses Seized, Felony Abuse Charges for California Family

A California Superior Court Judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to press felony charges against several members of a family accused of maltreating horses at their Ventura County ranch.

Jane Bor, her son Ernie, and daughter-in-law Cecelia, were arrested Oct. 8 after authorities took custody of 100 allegedly maltreated horses residing on their property (read more). They were later charged with 13 counts of felony animal abuse/neglect.

During a May 20 preliminary hearing, Judge James Cloninger denied the Bors' petition to reduce charges to misdemeanors.

"He decided the Bors engaged in felony behavior because they allowed the horses to starve," said Senior Deputy District Attorney Wendy Macfarlane.

The defendants' attorneys were unavailable for comment.

Since the seizure, three horses have died and 10 remain at the Ventura County Department Animal Regulation shelter. The rest were placed in adoptive homes.

Arraignment is set for June 2.

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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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