Abuse & Neglect News


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


Forensic Veterinarian Joins South Carolina Abuse Probe

March 02, 2008

A forensic veterinarian has joined the investigation to multiple alleged incidents of horse abuse in South Carolina.

Melinda D. Merck, DVM, senior director of veterinary forensics for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to... Read More


More Charges in Georgia for Two South Carolina Horse Abuse Defendants

February 29, 2008

A mother and son each charged with more than 20 counts of ill treatment of animals in South Carolina are facing extradition to Georgia where similar counts have been filed against the pair.

Hazelene E. Trexler, 70, and her son Terry A.... Read More


23 Horses Seized from South Carolina Farm

February 26, 2008

One day after seizing 23 allegedly malnourished horses from an Eastover, S.C., pasture, investigators with the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) were compiling paperwork to seek legal ownership of the... Read More


California Racing Board to Review Synthetic Surfaces

February 17, 2008

The California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a special forum to discuss synthetic track surfaces Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.

As many as 38 panelists from all segments of the horse-racing industry are invited to take part in the... Read More


Racing Medication Rules Struck Down in Louisiana

February 13, 2008

The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has struck down the state racing commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Model Rules, according to the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.... Read More


Police Force to Pay for Detaining Seized Horse

February 05, 2008

A police force in Britain will have to pay damages of £80,000 (around $157,000) for wrongfully detaining a seized horse, The Lancashire Evening... Read More


Judge Awards Seized Virginia Horses to County

February 01, 2008

A Loudoun County general district judge determined at a hearing held Jan. 30 that 48 seized Thoroughbreds will remain in county custody. The horses were seized in a raid on a Middleburg, Va., farm on Jan. 22, after local officials and... Read More


Charges Pending on Horses Seized from Virginia Farm

January 30, 2008

Loudoun County, Va., officials seized 48 horses from a Middleburg farm, and animal cruelty charges could be on the horizon for the horses' owners. Officials said many of the horses were emaciated, standing in areas covered by their own feces, an... Read More


48 Horses Seized in Virginia

January 24, 2008

Loudoun County, Va., officials said animal cruelty charges might be filed against the owners of four dozen horses seized from a Middleburg farm this week.

County officials said Wednesday that many of the horses were emaciated. All 48 horses... Read More


Horses Seized from Another Colorado Rescue

January 23, 2008

Operators of another Colorado horse rescue have been accused of animal cruelty, less than a month after a similar case occurred in the state. Now, one rescue industry operator in that state says the two seizures illustrate the plight of... Read More


Convoy of Donations Organized for Seized U.K. Horses

January 21, 2008

A convoy of 30 trailers laden with donations of tack and other items (with an estimated value of £500,000, or around $291,000) will convene on a U.K. welfare group Jan 26. The donations will benefit the International League for the Protection of... Read More


Michigan Horse Cruelty Case Stretches to Autumn 2008

January 21, 2008

Two Michigan men accused of animal cruelty and torture in a highly publicized equine welfare case are slated to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on Sept. 30, 2008, according to a spokesperson for the Jackson County 12th District Court... Read More


USDA Seeking Public Comment on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

January 20, 2008

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking public comment to shape the scope of an environmental impact statement (EIS). This statement is prepared to assist in the determination of the status of genetically engineered Roundup... Read More


More Than 50 Animals Removed from Michigan Farm

January 20, 2008

Mackinac County, Mich., authorities have removed 54 animals from a Rexton farm.

County animal control officer Wendy Frosland said the owner tried to care for them but the cost and the work became too much.

The owner still could face... Read More


Rescue Operator Seeks Hearing to Retain Custody of Seized Horses

January 09, 2008

An attorney for a Colorado woman whose horses were seized by Larimer County authorities is seeking a bond hearing to recover custody of the animals.

The seizure took place on Dec. 29 when Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden ordered the... Read More


Owners Sued by Woman who Struck Horse on Highway

January 06, 2008

 The New Mexico state Transportation Department has been sued by a Rowe woman who said she was injured when her vehicle struck a horse on N.M. 34.

Gina Bazan was driving near Rowe early Jan. 29, 2007, when she struck the animal ''running... Read More


Arrest Made in Illinois Horse Abuse Case

January 05, 2008

Sheriff's deputies have arrested a rural Mansfield, Ill., man following the death of three horses on his farm.

Piatt County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Todd McCabe said that he arrested Richard Pagel, rural Mansfield, for aggravated... Read More


Horse Rescue Owner Trying to Get Seized Animals Back

January 01, 2008

The owner of a Fort Collins, Colo., animal rescue shelter says she will try to raise $10,000 for a bond so she can reclaim 27 animals seized by county officials over allegations that... Read More


Horse Population Increases Across Virginia

December 31, 2007

A new study shows the number of horses, ponies and mules in Virginia grew 26% between 2001 and 2006.

The 2006 Equine Survey Report was released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics... Read More


27 Animals Seized From Fort Collins Rescue Ranch

December 30, 2007

Authorities seized 27 animals from the Animal Angels Horse Rescue ranch in Fort Collins on Dec. 29.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden says the owner faces multiple charges of animal cruelty.

Officials seized 16 horses, ponies,... Read More


26 Horses Found Undernourished on Florida Farm

December 30, 2007

An elderly man who told Deland, Fla., deputies he had "fallen on hard financial times" and was having problems caring for the animals by himself had 26 horses removed from his farm on Dec. 29, according to an article on Loca6.com (Read More


Michigan Lawmakers Pass Bill to Increase Animal Cruelty Penalties

December 23, 2007

Michigan lawmakers recently passed legislation that will significantly strengthen penalties for the most severe cases of animal neglect. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a statement praising this action.

The new law,... Read More


Introduced Legislation Sets Guidelines for Tracking Animal Cruelty Crimes

December 15, 2007

New legislation in the U.S. Senate, introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), directs the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to include animal cruelty crimes as a separate category in the agency's crime data reporting system.

"Having the... Read More


Rescue Group Awarded Custody of Seized Horses

December 01, 2007

A horse rescue group will care for seven starving horses removed this month from a Clarke County, Va., farm.

A Clarke County General District Court judge ruled Thursday that the animals should be given to the U.S. Equine Rescue League.... Read More