Abuse & Neglect News


Judge Allows Evidence in Ohio Cruelty Case

April 06, 2010

A judge has declined to discard evidence in the case of an Ohio woman charged with maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses at her Ottawa County farm.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County seized 36 alleg... Read More


Tennessee Livestock Cruelty Bill Fails

March 31, 2010

A bill that would make cruelty to horses and other livestock a felony in Tennessee died in the state's House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Current law applies to companion animals only

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Horse Owner Sentenced in Louisiana Abuse Case

March 30, 2010

The Louisiana man charged with brutalizing his horse in 2007 has been sentenced to three years' probation and is prohibited from contact with horses for three years.

Tony Meyers was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to anima... Read More


Ohio Woman Accused of Cruelty Declines Plea Deal

March 16, 2010

The Ohio woman accused of maltreating more than 40 Arabian horses has rejected a plea agreement that would reduce the charges against her.

Robin Vess was charged with 42 counts of animal cruelty last month after animal welfare author... Read More


New York Thoroughbred Breeder Convicted on 33 Cruelty Counts

March 10, 2010

Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York Thoroughbred breeder and trainer has been convicted of mistreating dozens of horses. Paragallo was convicted March 10 of 33 of 34 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts in a non-jury trial.

The 52-yea... Read More


Pack Horse Abuse Appeal Yields Jail Sentences, Fines

March 08, 2010

A father and son found guilty of overworking and neglecting their horses during a pack trip in Montana in 2008 were each handed six months in jail during their appeal last week.

Craig Heydon and his son, Curtis Heydon, will also have... Read More


Thoroughbred Trainer Pleads Guilty to Abuse Charges

March 03, 2010

Thoroughbred trainer Chad Moore will serve 180 days in jail and is barred from owning or training animals for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of animal abandonment under an agreement entered in Clermont County Municipal Court on ... Read More


Second Pack Horse Cruelty Trial Yields Guilty Verdicts

March 01, 2010

A Montana jury has found two men guilty of animal cruelty for starving and overworking three of their four horses during a pack trip through the Montana wilderness in the summer of 2008.

Curtis Heydon, 38, was found guilty of 10 coun... Read More


Nebraska Rancher Sentenced on Cruelty Charges

February 25, 2010

Jason Meduna, the Nebraska rancher found guilty of maltreating former Bureau of Land Management mustangs will serve not less than 40 months in prison, and is prohibited from owning or working with livestock for 30 years.

Morrill Coun... Read More


Second Pack Horse Cruelty Trial Begins

February 24, 2010

Two men found guilty of animal cruelty last year for allegedly overworking and neglecting four horses during a two-month pack trip in the mountains of Montana are back on trial this week, following their district court appeal.

Craig ... Read More


Ohio Seized Horse Ownership: Federal Ruling Sought

February 11, 2010

Attorneys in Ohio are asking a U.S. District Court judge to declare an Arabian horse rescue organization the legal owner of horses removed from an Oak Harbor farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Otta... Read More


Seized Oregon Horses Recovering

February 10, 2010

Most of the 31 horses removed from an Oregon farm last month are thriving under rehabilitative care, said Cindy Kingsberry, president and founder of Linn County Animal Rescue, the agency in charge of the animals.

Linn County Sheriff&... Read More


Ohio Arabian Group Granted Custody of Seized Horses

February 09, 2010

An Arabian horse welfare organization has assumed the care of 31 allegedly malnourished horses seized from an Oak Harbor, Ohio, farm last month.

Animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa County discovered 37 animal... Read More


Texas Group Gains Custody of Seized Donkeys, Horses

February 05, 2010

Allegedly maltreated animals recently removed from a Texas ranch will be moving to new homes now that a Fannin County judge has put them in Habitat for Horses custody.

Fannin County police and Habitat for Horses investigators removed... Read More


Charges Filed in Ohio Arabian Cruelty Case

February 02, 2010

An Ohio woman faces multiple animal cruelty charges after county animal welfare authorities removed 31 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from her property.

Last week animal welfare authorities from the Humane Society of Ottawa Co... Read More


Reward Offered in Texas Horse Shooting

February 02, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States 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 shooting a horse near Weatherford, Texas.

Repo... Read More


31 Horses Seized, Oregon Rancher Faces Charges

January 28, 2010

An Oregon woman is facing multiple animal cruelty charges following the removal of 31 allegedly neglected horses from her property last week.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies and animal rescue agency volunteers removed the animals ... Read More


Jail Sentence for California Horse Cruelty Family

January 25, 2010

The California family convicted on multiple animal cruelty charges connected to the removal of 100 horses from their Frazier Park ranch will serve jail time and are prohibited from... Read More


Nebraska Mustang Cruelty Sentencing Set

January 19, 2010

Jason Meduna, the former Nebraska training ranch operator convicted on multiple felony animal cruelty counts involving the maltreatment of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs, will appear in Morrill County District Court on Feb. 23 for sen... Read More


Nebraska Mustang Trainer Guilty on Cruelty Charges

January 18, 2010

The former operator of a Nebraska training ranch for Bureau of Land Management mustangs has been found guilty on 145 of the 149 felony animal cruelty charges against him.

Jason Meduna was charged with 149 counts of class 4 felony ani... Read More


TheHorse.com Facebook Gathers 3,000 Fans

January 14, 2010

Social media is an important part of the way horse owners, trainers, managers, veterinarians, and others connect today. TheHorse.com's Facebook page has broken the 3,000 friend ... Read More


Guide to Rehabilitating Neglected Horses Available

January 11, 2010

Want to rehabilitate a neglected horse but don't know where to start? A new brochure from the American Horse Council might help.

The new brochure, done in partnership with AHC sponsors Nutrena, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Hea... Read More


Two Seized Cincinnati Horses Euthanized

January 08, 2010

Two horses recently removed from an Ohio farm were euthanized due to poor body condition, said Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr.

The two mares were among six allegedly malnourished thoroughbred horses removed by Cou... Read More


Cincinnati Horse Trainer Charged with Cruelty, Abandonment

January 08, 2010

Thoroughbred horse trainer Chad Moore faces multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged abandonment and maltreatment of horses at his Ohio farm.

Clermont County animal control officials removed six allegedly malnou... Read More


Equine Cruelty Summit Planned in Wellington Friday

January 07, 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will host an equine anti-cruelty summit and panel discussion on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the George Morris Horsemastership Clinics at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center i... Read More