Abuse & Neglect News


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


FEI Initiating Thermographic Exams to Prevent Show Jumper Abuse Technique

November 30, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) recently approved new measures to ensure the legs of high-level jumping horses are not being intentionally sensitized to pain in order to provide a competitive advantage. Beginning in 2008, official... Read More


Manager of Illegal Horse Track to Avoid Jail Time

November 27, 2007

A Texas man who admitted to being the general manager of an illegal horse racing track in Love County, Okla., will avoid prison time under a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

Jesus "Jesse" Romero, 46, pleaded guilty Monday to 47 felony... Read More


Abandoned Horses Pose Dilemma for Ranchers

November 23, 2007

Ranchers in the old West saw their horse herds depleted by rustlers. Today people are abandoning unwanted domestic horses on ranches and public lands, noted a story on TheWorldLink.com originating from La Grande, Ore.

High hay prices and... Read More


Idaho Authorities Say Rising Feed Costs Causing Surge in Neglect Cases

November 02, 2007

Authorities in northern Idaho who recently found four dead horses and eight others that were malnourished say high feed prices could lead to more such cases.

"We all know that hay and feed prices are skyrocketing and that causes some people... Read More


All We Want for Christmas...

November 01, 2007

A Christmas list of goodies for your equine partner.

Peruse a horse owner's holiday wish list, and it's a pretty good bet that most of the longed-for gifts thereon are more horse- than... Read More


Texas Horse Cruelty Case Motivates Legislative Change

October 29, 2007

A 22-year-old Texas man will serve nine months in jail for torturing and killing a yearling filly named Cowboy Chic in her pasture last October.

A jury convicted Kenneth Ryan Peterson of animal cruelty and felony criminal mischief in 11... Read More


California Horse Owners Evacuating in Face of Fire

October 22, 2007

Strong Santa Ana winds and a landscape already parched by drought have combined to help nearly a dozen fires spread across Southern California since the weekend. Many horse owners have evacuated, applying the lessons learned after a string of... Read More


Texas Man Convicted of Cruelty in Horse Killing

October 19, 2007

One of the men charged with killing a Palomino filly in her Bryan, Texas, pasture last October was yesterday found guilty of cruelty to animals, Read More


Seized Georgia Horses to be Auctioned Oct. 20

October 18, 2007

The remainder of the horses impounded from a Pike County farm in February will be offered for sale Saturday, Oct. 20 in an auction run by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) at the Mansfield Equine Impound Facility in Jasper County.... Read More


Former Owner of Seized Maryland Horses Seeks Change to Cruelty Sentence

October 18, 2007

A woman convicted of animal cruelty for neglecting horses on her western Maryland farm has asked a judge to loosen the terms of her probation so she can move out of state.

Barbara P. Reinken, 62, wants to move to North Carolina but... Read More