Abuse & Neglect News


U.S. Thoroughbred Stallion Reported Butchered in Peru

August 11, 2009

Drilling for Oil, a U.S. Thoroughbred graded stakes winner who was sent to Peru in July for stallion duty, was found dead after being butchered for his meat, according to the Read More


Thoroughbred Breeder Paragallo Indicted on Cruelty Charges

August 07, 2009

Thoroughbred breeder Ernest Paragallo, whose farm in upstate New York became the center of allegations over animal neglect claims, was indicted today by a grand jury on 35 counts of animal cruelty.

The indictment, stemming from an April... Read More


Missing Horses Sought in Oregon Neglect Case

July 22, 2009

Police in Marion County, Ore., are seeking several horses that might have been hidden by a barn operator accused of animal neglect.

Investigators believe the horses were moved by Kristina Early, operator of the Early Rise Ranch, a training... Read More


Contaminated Feed Seized in Kentucky

July 21, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising horse owners to discard feed purchased at a Florence, Ky., feed store because it could be contaminated. The agency issued the advisory on Monday when U.S. Marshals seized $24,00... Read More


Horse, Livestock Feed Seized from Kentucky Mill

July 20, 2009

U.S. marshals have seized horse and livestock feed stored under "filthy" conditions at the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association Inc. in Florence, Ky., according to a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bi-Count... Read More


Kentucky Livestock Neglect Investigation Training Offered

July 18, 2009

Continuing education for animal control and law enforcement officials in the investigation of cruelty to livestock is now available in Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) partnered with the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association (KCA) to develo... Read More


Abandoned Horse Information Sought, Reward Offered

July 14, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for abandoning a 2-year-old mare in Meadow Canyon, Nev... Read More


Guilty Plea in Oklahoma Starved Mustang Cruelty Case

July 10, 2009

A criminal case involving the starvation of two wild horses adopted from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ended with a guilty plea in Rogers County, Okla., the Bureau announced yesterday.

Adopter Shannon J. Smoke of Broken Arrow,... Read More


Group Caring for Seized N.Y. Horses Receives $10K

July 09, 2009

The Columbia-Greene Humane Society, which is caring for horses recently removed from Center Brook Farm, has received a $10,000 donation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's... Read More


Arraignment Set in Mustang Cruelty Case

June 19, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management mustangs and burros has waived his right to preliminary hearing and will be arraigned on more than 100 animal cruelty counts in Morrill County District Court o... Read More


Daughters of Man Accused of Cruelty Relinquish Licenses

June 11, 2009

Kristen and Jennifer Paragallo, the daughters of Ernie Paragallo who faces 22 counts of animal cruelty, have relinquished their owners' licenses.

"The surrendering of the two licenses from (Paragallo's) daughters came during our suitability... Read More


Charges Filed in Texas Cruelty Case

June 11, 2009

A Texas woman accused of maltreating 57 horses remains in jail after failing to post bond on cruelty charges.

Carol Paselk faces one count of cruelty to animals and one court of cruelty to livestock. The Class A misdemeanors each carry... Read More


Florida Vet Clinic Hosting Free Hurricane Expo for Horse Owners

June 10, 2009

Thanks to support received from the ASPCA as well as many other local and professional groups, Surgi-Care Center for Horses of Brandon, Fla., will host an expo June 13 to help area horse owners learn how to prepare for hurricanes and other... Read More


Plea Deal Entered in Pennsylvania Cruelty Case

June 06, 2009

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to 13 animal cruelty counts and relinquished ownership of his animals under a plea bargain entered in Northampton County District court on June 4.

Joseph Mayer was originally charged with 38 counts of... Read More


100 Horses Seized, Felony Abuse Charges for California Family

May 23, 2009

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... Read More


Texas Groups Win Custody of 57 Seized Horses

May 20, 2009

A Texas Justice of the Peace has awarded custody of 57 Thoroughbred and Arabian horses to the equine welfare groups that have been caring for them since the animals were seized May... Read More


Texas Groups Care for Seized Herd

May 18, 2009

More than 50 allegedly neglected horses are receiving rehabilitative care from two Texas rescue agencies after they were removed from their owner's care earlier this month.

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Abandoned Horse Recovering from Head Injury

May 15, 2009

An abandoned Thoroughbred gelding found near Mesa, Ariz., is recovering from injuries and regaining condition better than his foster owner expected.

Gwen Cleary has been caring for the horse, called Solo Vino, since he Read More


Guilty Verdicts in U.K. Spindles Farm Cruelty Case

May 08, 2009

After a 12-week trial, Buckinghamshire horse dealer James Gray and several members of his family were on May 8 found guilty on charges of animal cruelty at Bicester Magistrates Court.

James and his son Jamie Gray were foun... Read More


Readers' Resources for Horse Health Advice

April 24, 2009

More than 870 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Who is your primary source of information for equine health?"

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Nebraska Mustang Trainer Arrested for Cruelty

April 20, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of an undisclosed number of animals.

On Saturday, Morrill County... Read More


Pfizer Donates Supplies for Seized Horses

April 20, 2009

Pfizer Animal Health has pledged to donate equine health care supplies to aid the more than 170 horses under Columbia-Greene Humane Society care at Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y. Investigators sezied the horses during an Read More


Mustang Trainer Faces Felony Animal Cruelty Charge

April 20, 2009

The operator of a Nebraska training ranch and sanctuary for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs is free on $20,000 bond after being charged with one count of Class 4 felony animal cruelty in connection with the alleged maltreatment of... Read More


Thoroughbred Breeder Paragallo Charged With 22 Cruelty Counts

April 11, 2009

New York Thoroughbred breeder Ernie Paragallo was charged with 22 counts of cruelty to animals, the chief prosecutor in the case told The Horse's sister publication The Blood-Horse April 10.

"The animals were clearly neglected,"... Read More


Seized Chicago Carriage Horses Transferred

April 10, 2009

Although carriage company J.C. Cutters Ltd. has not yet had its day in court, the six carriage horses seized Feb. 6 due to alleged city code violations have been transferred to... Read More