Abuse & Neglect News


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


AP Review: Lab Incidents with Deadly Germs on the Rise

October 02, 2007

American laboratories handling the world's deadliest germs and toxins have experienced more than 100 accidents and missing shipments since 2003, and the number is increasing steadily as more labs across the country are approved to do the work.... Read More


Georgia Official Says Horse Abuse, Neglect On The Uptick

September 23, 2007

Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin says horse abuse and neglect is on the rise statewide.

A drought that led to hay shortages, the closing of horse slaughterhouses, a downturn in the... Read More


Illinois Prosecutor Plans Horse Case Charges; Lawyer Denies Neglect

September 22, 2007

Coles County, Ill., state's attorney Steve Ferguson plans to file charges in the alleged horse neglect incident, but he wants to see reports on each of the nearly 60 horses first.

Attorney Michael Tague of Champaign, Ill., who is representing... Read More


Storm Warnings Issued Along Gulf Coast

September 21, 2007

Severe weather, including a tornado, damaged about 50 homes in central Florida, before the system became a tropical depression Friday and had parts of the Gulf Coast under tropical storm warnings.

The tornado touched down late Thursday and... Read More


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September 14, 2007

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Montana Man Faces 16 Cruelty Counts

September 14, 2007

Authorities have filed 16 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty against a Corvallis, Mont., man, after reporting they found dozens of neglected horses, dogs, pigs, and other animals on his property last month.

The case met criteria for felon... Read More


North Carolina Drought Continues Despite Tropical Storm

September 11, 2007

North Carolina's first tropical storm of the year did virtually nothing to ease drought in the few coastal counties it touched, so the state's hopes Monday turned to a forecast o... Read More


Iowa Man Fined $334 in Horse Neglect Case

September 08, 2007

A Montrose, Iowa, man who authorities say starved and abused his eight horses and one foal was fined $334 after he pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty.

Michael Jacob Cain, 30, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in Lee County district court.... Read More


Authorities Seize Animals from Allegedly Neglected Menagerie

September 07, 2007

Law enforcement officers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, checking on a complaint about an abused horse found nearly two dozen neglected animals living inside a double-wide trailer home--including two whitetail deer stashed inside the... Read More


Serbia to Return Allegedly Neglected Lipizzaner Horses

August 29, 2007

A herd of famed Lipizzaner horses, which were brought to Serbia during the Balkan wars and allegedly faced neglect, will return to Croatia, officials said Tuesday.

Agriculture Ministers Slobodan Milosavljevic of Serbia and Petar Cobankovic... Read More