Abuse & Neglect News
March 26, 2007
The Associated Press today (March 26) released a new article by Jeffrey McMurray concerning horse abandonment in Eastern Kentucky and the alleged link to the closure of U.S. slaughter facilities.
The new story, which can be read via
March 18, 2007
The Humane Society of the United States released a statement on March 16 stating that recent claims that thousands of horses have been abandoned in Kentucky are unfounded, and is calling it a campaign of fear mongering by a foreign-owned horse... Read More
March 18, 2007
March 15, 2007
The trial of Barbara Reinken, which was to begin March 19, will be rescheduled.
Officials removed 74 horses from Reinken's Sharpsburg, Md., farm in December 2006
The delay occurred because Reinken requested a jury trial. This transfers... Read More
March 14, 2007
The bidding for the black pony started at $500, then took a nosedive.
There were no takers at $300, $200, even $100. With a high bid of just $75, the auctioneer gave the seller the choice of taking the animal off the auction block. But the... Read More
March 13, 2007
A group of volunteers Sunday (March 11) delivered donations including more than 500 bales of hay, 250 pounds of carrots, 40 large salt blocks, and various treats to the more than 70 horses seized from a Sharpsburg, Md., farm in early December.... Read More
March 11, 2007
Wanted: a good home for 23 neglected and abandoned ponies, 10 dogs, some goats, and one donkey.
The animals were rescued Mar. 7 from a ranch in Menifee, Calif., where they were abandoned several weeks ago. A concerned resident contacted... Read More
March 08, 2007
Arkansas animal activists are hoping companion animals and horses will soon be protected by harsher penalties for any person who tortures or cruelly kills them, or fails to provide sufficient care.
Bills have been introduced in both houses... Read More
March 08, 2007
Another hay caravan to assist in the care of horses seized from a Sharpsburg, Md., farm in early December is heading to Washington County this weekend for a Sunday (March 11) delivery.
Monkton residents Fran Burns, Maureen Haley and Joanna... Read More
March 06, 2007
The Heather Ryan and L. David Dubé Veterinary Health and Research Fund has awarded $410,000 for three cutting-edge research investigations of equine endotoxemia, neonatal Rhodococcus equi pneumonia and genetic ocular disorders a... Read More
March 05, 2007
A representative of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard today (March 5) regarding the animal cruelty case in which two Pike County, Ga., residents have been... Read More
February 27, 2007
Barbara Reinken, the Sharpsburg, Md., woman whose 74 horses were seized in December 2006, appeared in Washington County District Court on Thursday Feb. 22. The State requested the matter be rapidly set for its trial date and Judge Mark D. Thomas... Read More
February 20, 2007
The debate over seizure of 99 horses from a Pike County, Ga., farm rages on. While a veterinarian and the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture felt the seizure was the right thing to do, a family friend and the lawyer for the two people now... Read More
February 13, 2007
A caravan of 10 trailers will set out on Saturday (Feb. 17), carrying more than 480 donated hay bales to 72 horses seized from a Sharpsburg, Md., farm in early December.
The horses are in the custody of the Washington County Humane Society... Read More
February 12, 2007
Several rescuers managed to pull a horse from a pond in Kalispell, Mont., where the animal struggled in the water after breaking through thin ice.
Jerry Fredericks glanced out the window of his home Saturday morning and saw the horse in the... Read More
February 09, 2007
The Sharpsburg, Md., woman whose 74 horses were seized by animal welfare officials in December is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The State has elected to not summon the volunteers and veterinarians... Read More
February 08, 2007
A former leading harness racing trainer was acquitted Tuesday (Feb. 6) of a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge that has kept him from racing since 2005, Read More
February 02, 2007
Georgia agriculture officials said today (Feb. 2) they have found a private facility willing to house the 98 horses found in an alleged state of neglect in Pike County, Ga. The horses will be impounded as soon as final arrangements with the... Read More
February 01, 2007
Along the scenic route to Prineville, Ore., you'll notice a sign: Redmond Tallow Company. As if the words don't say it all, a loitering buzzard evokes pensive consideration of the cycle of life. I've never had more than two thoughts about Redmond... Read More
January 26, 2007
A small group of Maryland women have organized a caravan of horse trailers to transport donated hay to the 72 horses seized by animal control authorities in Sharpsburg, Md., in early December.
The horses are in the custody... Read More
January 24, 2007
On December 2, 2006, The Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Md., began an enormous horse cruelty investigation. As a result, 74 horses were impounded from a farm in Sharpsburg, Md., and relocated to several locations... Read More
January 13, 2007
A man has been accused of neglecting 20 horses, nine that died, police said.
Harley L. Thompson, 67, of Moraine, Ohio, just south of Dayton, was served at his home with papers notifying him of the charges of 29 misdemeanor counts of animal... Read More
January 06, 2007
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced today that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from The New York State Music Fund for its annual La Fiesta program.
La Fiesta, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, celebrates the... Read More
January 03, 2007
In the past, seven was the largest number of horses the staff and volunteers of the Humane Society of Washington County, Md. had to handle. But helping a herd of 74 allegedly abused and neglected horses evacuated from a Sharpsburg. Md., farm in... Read More
January 02, 2007
A hay shortage, the result of wildfires that ravaged Oklahoma early in 2006, might lead to more cases of animal starvation in the state, state agriculture experts say.
The wildfires burned more than 850,000 acres of grazing land and caused... Read More