Recent News for Equine Rights & Welfare


New Bolton Center Expansion to Enhance Large Animal Critical Care

November 10, 2008

Ground has been officially broken for the state-of-the-art James M. Moran, Jr., Critical Care Center at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center. The facility is named in memory of James Moran, who passed away in April 2008. Major funding for the center was... Read More


Former Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

November 07, 2008

Former equine rescue operator Dean Solomon pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree animal cruelty under a plea agreement entered during her King County, Wash., Superior Court appearance on Nov. 6.

Solomon operated the Pacific... Read More


Appeals Court Date Set in Grass Lake Horse Abuse Case

November 04, 2008

Lawyers on both sides of a long-running and controversial Michigan horse abuse case will argue whether or not felony charges against Matt Mercier and James Henderson, Jr., should be... Read More


The Next Step

November 01, 2008

What does the rest of the country think about horse owners--and the horse industry--about now? Probably not too highly, would be my guess. A call from CBS radio network reporter Stephan Kaufman out of Washington state asked if I would comment on th... Read More


Weathering Gustav and Ike

November 01, 2008

We had our plan for Hurricane Gustav. We had been here before with Katrina. Schedules were set. Evacuation of coastal parishes was going well. Coastal pet owners and their pets (large and small) were settling in to shelters. Most horse owners knew... Read More


Effort to Match Seized New York Horses, Owners Continues

October 30, 2008

Eight weeks after seizing 85 allegedly malnourished Thoroughbred horses from a Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm, authorities with the Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are still trying to match the... Read More


British Horse Welfare Group Reports Record Pleas for Assistance

October 28, 2008

The Horse Trust, a British equine charity, has recorded unprecedented searches for homes for unwanted horses and ponies, confirming speculation that the credit crunch is hitting horse owners in the United Kingdom hard.

In the past three... Read More


Trial Date Set in Pack Horse Cruelty Case

October 28, 2008

Two men each charged with four counts of animal cruelty will begin their trial on Jan. 27 in Hamilton, Mont.

Craig Heydon, 71, and his son Curtis Heydon, 37, both from the Atlanta, Ga., area, were not present at their pretrial hearing on... Read More


Equine Nutrition and Feeding Conference at Ohio State

October 25, 2008

The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hosting an Equine Nutrition and Feeding Conference Nov. 8-9 in Columbus, Ohio.

The course is designed for veterinarians, technicians, owners, and breeders. Attendees will gain... Read More


New York Breeding Farm Cruelty Case; Additional Charges Possible

October 25, 2008

An animal cruelty case that resulted in the seizure of 82 allegedly malnourished horses might see new charges filed against additional individuals, according to an article on Read More


Six Horses Among More Than 60 Animals Seized in Texas

October 25, 2008

More than 60 animals were seized from a farm near McKinney, Texas, when the owners said they could not afford to feed them any longer, according to an article on Read More


BLM Gather Draws in Mix of Wild Horses

October 25, 2008

A low-flying helicopter flew in the cold morning air on a recent Saturday, the dull thud of its rotors growing louder as it moved across the horizon at Sand Wash Basin, west of Craig, Utah.

Beneath the helicopter, a herd of North America... Read More


Oregon Summit Reviews Abandoned Horse Issues

October 24, 2008

U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Fred Perl came face-to-face with the plight of unwanted horses on Oct. 17 when he assisted in the rescue of Trooper, a 6-year-ol... Read More


Reward Offered for Information on Shot, Abandoned Horse

October 23, 2008

An unidentified resident of Deschutes County, Ore., is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the shooting and abandonment of Trooper, a 6-year-old Arabian gelding. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Fred Perl and a... Read More


California Family Pleads Not Guilty in Horse Abuse Case

October 21, 2008

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... Read More


Well-Horse Thrush Off

October 20, 2008

Well-Horse introduces Thrush Off, a natural hoof product that eliminates thrush and heals inside the hoof.

Thrush Off shortens the recovery time when treating injuries and infections to the coronet band, cracked heels, thrush, abscesses,... Read More


AQHA Welfare Task Force Meets

October 16, 2008

The American Quarter Horse Association's Animal Welfare Assurance Task Force met Sept. 16-17 in Amarillo, Texas, to discuss issues facing the industry and ways to continue protecting the American Quarter Horse and other equines.

Members fro... Read More


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

October 15, 2008

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... Read More


Horse Farm Owners Arrested for Alleged Cruelty to 55 Horses

October 11, 2008

Owners of a Ventura County, Calif., horse farm were taken into custody Wednesday after animal welfare authorities found 55 allegedly malnourished horses on the property, Read More


Herd of 100 Seized Horses Placed in Permanent Homes

October 09, 2008

In late February 2008, officials from the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized a herd of more than 100 horses and other animals from a ranch near Edmonton... Read More


SPCA Uses Public Education to Garner Horse Abuse Tips

October 07, 2008

New York's Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) rarely receives more than seven tips relating to horse cruelty per month. But after the agency seized five allegedly malnourished horses from a barn in... Read More


Owners React to N.Y. Abuse Plea Deal

October 04, 2008

When she learned that Geraldine Trupia pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty for neglecting horses at her Steuben County, N.Y., breeding farm, Quakertown, Pa., horse owner Virginia Stack was too focused on bringing her Thoroughbred mare... Read More


Glanders Case in Brazil Causes Rescheduling of Event, Transport Concern

October 03, 2008

A case of glanders in a horse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month has prompted the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to reschedule the Global Champions Tour CSI-5* Final in that... Read More


U.K. Welfare Group Launches Petition to Support Working Animals

September 30, 2008

South African cleric and activist Desmond Tutu has backed a new initiative by one of the world's oldest animal charities, which has been launched to coincide with World Animal Day Oct. 4.

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Kentucky Chief Racing Vet Leaves; Scollay Has Added Duties

September 28, 2008

Mary Scollay, DVM, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), will temporarily serve as chief racing veterinarian in Kentucky with the departure of Dr. Lafe Nichols.

The KHRC made the announcement Sept. 26,... Read More