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Kentucky Offers Equine Abuse Investigation Course

August 15, 2008

A three day course on investigating equine abuse and neglect is offered by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) in cooperation with Morehead State University (MSU) October 1-3, 2008. The class is part of the KHC horse welfare program and is designed... Read More

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Horse at Center of Controversial Abuse Case Dies

August 11, 2008

Quincy, the aged mare at the center of a Massachusetts cruelty case, died Aug. 10, just two days before her owner is to appear in a Massachusetts court to face animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone, but we want the case... Read More

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Effort to Identify Horses in Seized Herd Continues

August 04, 2008

Last February, the seizure of 45 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from a South Carolina family made national headlines. As court proceedings against defendants Hazelene, James, and Terry Trexler about to move forward, the effort... Read More

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Eventer Hoy Cleared on Abuse Charges

July 25, 2008

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy was cleared July 24 on charges of abusing a horse.

The Australian and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, whom he trains, had been accused by the Fédération Equestre... Read More

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Horses Seized at Illegal Oklahoma Racetrack Sold at Auction

July 20, 2008

A raid on an illegal racetrack in Oklahoma last year resulted in seizure and retainment of 40 of the 70 horses rounded up at that time. Twenty-five of those horses were sold at auction yesterday (July 19) during a three-hour auction at Heritage... Read More

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California Horse Sanctuary Manager Convicted of Cruelty

July 08, 2008

The manager of a horse sanctuary shut down last month by Los Angeles County, Calif., authorities will spend more than two years in prison after being convicted on animal cruelty... Read More

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Horse Caretaker Denies Cruelty Accusation

July 06, 2008

A Las Animas County, Colo., man has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals and 31 horses have been removed from his care.

Ferdinand "Fernando" Santana was arrested Tuesday after authorities said some of the horses appeared to b... Read More

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Horses Seized from California Sanctuary

June 18, 2008

Nearly 90 horses remain under veterinarians' care at undisclosed locations after officials removed them from the Equus Sanctuary in Pearblossom, Calif.

"They were desperately in need of food and water," said Michelle Roache, deput... Read More

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Michigan Horse Abuse Case Heads to Appeals Court

June 13, 2008

The long-running and controversial horse abuse case in Jackson County, Mich., took yet another turn Thursday, when the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments about whether the felony charges against defendants Matt Mercier and James... Read More

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The Seized Horse

June 01, 2008

The economy is hurting and many horse owners have lost their jobs, homes, and, in some cases, their horses. Drought, pressure to raise grain rather than hay, and rising fuel costs have pushed hay prices to unprecedented highs. In an ideal world,... Read More

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Horse Neglect: What to Do?

June 01, 2008

Experienced horse people who notice neglect should contact the proper authorities to ensure the best outcome for the horse involved.

Every morning on the way to work, you drive by a small pasture that contains seven... Read More

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Horses Seized in California Ready for New Homes

May 30, 2008

Ten horses seized in a California abuse case have been released to go to new homes now that their former owner pleaded no contest to the charges against her.

"We will either auction the horses or sell them to a third party who already has... Read More

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FEI Investigates Alleged Abuse by Hoy Student

May 23, 2008

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy appeared at hearing Thursday to answer accusations of horse abuse.

Hoy and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, whom he trains, appeared before a three-member panel from the sport's... Read More

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Prosecutors Planning to Appeal Seized Horse Reimbursement Ruling

May 19, 2008

An attorney with the Jackson County, Mich., prosecutor's office said Monday he will appeal a Circuit Court ruling that horses at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case were improperly seized, and that their former owner be reimbursed... Read More

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Michigan County to Reimburse Abuse Defendants for Seized Horses

May 18, 2008

A Jackson County, Mich., judge ruled on Friday that James Henderson Jr. was improperly forced to forfeit 69 horses during a controversial animal cruelty case, and that he should be reimbursed for their value.

According to Ronald J. Fabian,... Read More

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Massachusetts Horse Cruelty Case Continued Again

May 07, 2008

While her owner ponders his legal options, Quincy, the lame 29-year-old mare at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case, remains in the care of an unnamed Massachusetts equine clinic.

"She's as well as can be expected," said... Read More

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Felony Charges in Michigan Horse Abuse Case Dismissed

May 01, 2008

A judge yesterday dismissed the felony animal torture charges leveled against two Grass Lake, Mich., men in a case that began more than one year ago.

According to attorney Ronald J. Fabian, who represents defendant Matt Mercier in the case,... Read More

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Trial Date Set for Colorado Rescue Abuse Case

April 23, 2008

A Colorado woman accused of starving more than 20 horses at a rescue facility pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges during an appearance in Larimer County District Court yesterday.

According to Linda Jensen, public information office... Read More

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Former Owners Relieved to Find Seized Mare Alive

April 17, 2008

In the five years since selling Promise, breeders Eppie Ferry and daughter Terry Vince of Middlesex, N.C., worried about the Arabian broodmare's welfare.

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Mare Seized in South Carolina Abuse Case Delivers Healthy Foal

April 14, 2008

Caretakers of the horses seized in a recent South Carolina abuse case got some good news last month, when one of the mares delivered a full-term foal.

"She's just beautiful," said Kelly Graham, director of public relations for the Richland... Read More

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Equine Abuse Investigation Seminar Planned

April 10, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Council is offering "Equine Abuse Investigation: A Hands-On Seminar," a class designed for animal control officers, sheriffs, and other local and state officials who might be involved in equine abuse cases in Kentucky. The... Read More

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One Year Later, Horses Seized in Indiana Faring Well

April 02, 2008

Nearly a year after Indiana Horse Rescue (IHR) Southwest took over the care of more than 100 horses on a Gibson County, Ind., farm, the animals continue to improve, and many have been adopted into new homes.

Between seized animals and a... Read More

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28 Emaciated Horses Seized in Oklahoma

March 29, 2008

Twenty-eight horses were escorted off a farm near Norman, Okla., under veterinary supervision after the veterinarian inspected the horses and described several of them as "significantly undernourished." Police also found carcasses of two horses... Read More

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Trexlers Face Felony Charges in S.C. Abuse Case

March 22, 2008

A Richland County, S.C., grand jury handed down indictments last week for brothers James Trexler and Terry Trexler and for their mother, Hazelene Trexler, in connection with an ongoing case of animal abuse involving horses. The indictments add... Read More

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100 Horses Seized from Alberta Farm, Recovering

March 20, 2008

Officials removed a herd of 100 horses from a farm near Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 26, after the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) received complaints about the animals allegedly being without food or shelter. The... Read More