Abuse & Neglect News


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


More Charges Filed in Iowa Horse Neglect Case

March 16, 2008

More charges have been filed against a man accused of neglecting several horses on a farm in northeast Iowa.

Kelly Olson of New Hampton, Iowa, was initially charged with animal neglect after officials found three dead horses and 18... Read More


Charges in South Carolina Abuse Case Could be Upgraded

March 12, 2008

Animal abuse charges against James Trexler will be upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies if a Richmond County grand jury hands down an indictment in his case.

According to Kelly Graham, spokesperson for the Richland County, S.C., Humane... Read More


S.C. Official Charged with Horse Abuse Resigns

March 07, 2008

A South Carolina agriculture official accused of abusing horses has resigned from the department.

Agency spokeswoman Becky Walton said Friday that James Trexler has resigned as assistant agriculture commissioner. He had been suspended... Read More


South Carolina Abuse Investigation: Horses Impounded in Georgia Found

March 06, 2008

Georgia officials visited Richland County, S.C., on Monday to attend court proceedings connected with the ongoing horse abuse case there. But before they left, they discovered that a total of 25 horses formerly under quarantine in Georgia had... Read More


Horse Abuse Defendants Extradited to Georgia

March 06, 2008

Hazelene Trexler, 70, and Terry Trexler, 44, were on their way to Georgia Thursday morning to face multiple counts of animal cruelty, according to Jefferson County, Ga., Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Kitchens. Two deputies were slated to leave Jefferson... Read More


British Man Convicted of Horse Neglect, Banned from Owning Animals

March 05, 2008

A 22-year-old man from Lingfield in Surrey, U.K., has been banned from keeping animals for life after neglecting two horses now in the care of the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH).

Billy Stanford appeared before... Read More


South Carolina Horse Abuse Investigation: Remains Exhumed

March 03, 2008

Remains of a dozen horses found in gravesites located on property formerly owned by the Trexler family in Sumter County, S.C., are undergoing forensic testing at a lab at Florida State University. The remains were recovered Saturday by... Read More