Abuse & Neglect News


Hay Shortage Cited as Possible Cause in Okla. Neglect Cases

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


Rate of Land Conservation Tripled in Past Five Years

December 29, 2006

Equestrians share a special privilege: the permission to ride over magnificent open spaces on private land. They owe a debt of gratitude to the landowners who have conserved their land for future generations. The good news is that the rate of... Read More


Okla. Man Charged in Starving Horse Case

December 29, 2006

A Grant County, Okla., man accused of starving horses and dumping more than 30 animal carcasses in a ravine on his farm was charged with seven felony counts of animal cruelty Dec. 19.

George Wesley Gilchrist, 43, was also charged with two... Read More


Dead, Neglected Animals Found In Strawberry, Ark.

December 28, 2006

Members of a northeast Arkansas animal rescue organization say they found a "horrendous" situation on a property in the small town of Strawberry.

There, Wanda Turner of Northeast Arkansans for Animals says police and volunteers found dead... Read More


Actor Edward Norton Injured in Riding Accident

December 28, 2006

Edward Norton says he broke three vertebrae during a horse riding accident on the set of his new romantic drama, "The Painted Veil."

Norton said a horse threw him off while he was galloping before filming a scene for the movie, directed by... Read More


Equine Neurologic Pathology

December 27, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

Horses are afflicted with a number of central nervous system diseases. Diagnosis of these... Read More


4-H Members To Care For Neglected Horses

December 25, 2006

A group of 4-H club members are devoting their holiday break to helping two veterinarians and others feed and care for seven seriously malnourished horses rescued from a Dayton-area farm.

Members of the Making Strides 4-H Club started preparin... Read More


FEI Upholds One Drug Suspension, Reduces Another

December 22, 2006

The International Equestrian Federation upheld one doping ban and reduced another on appeal.

An FEI arbitration court upheld rider Thierry Rozier's three-month suspension and disqualification from the Mediterranean Games in July 2005.... Read More


Zebra Stabbing? Police Have Doubt

December 17, 2006

Authorities in Dodge County, Wis., responded this week to a call about a stabbed zebra -- but they say they're not treating it as a criminal investigation.

The sheriff's department received a call Monday about a 12-year-old zebra found dead... Read More


Pa. Woman Accepts Plea Deal in Horse Cruelty Case

December 13, 2006

A Dover, Pa., area horse farm owner accused of animal cruelty has been placed on probation under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Under the agreement, 14 of the 15 abuse and neglect charges have been dropped. And the deal means that... Read More


Officials Defend Decision to Continue After Rider Death at Asian Games

December 08, 2006

While the brother of a South Korean rider killed in an eventing accident arrived in Qatar on Friday to collect the body, equestrian officials defended their decision to continue running the cross-country competition after the man died in... Read More


Animal Control Needs Housing for 40 Seized Maryland Horses

December 04, 2006

Days End Farm Horse Rescue of Lisbon, Md., currently has 20 horses at its farm that were seized in the Washington County animal control case. Washington County Animal Control is... Read More


High Hay Costs Push Up Cases of Horse Abandonment

November 29, 2006

High prices and scarce supply for hay this season are leading to abandoned horses, according to animal-welfare groups.

"This is the first year where people are literally just opening the gate and kicking them (the horses) out," said Chuck... Read More


New Cruelty Charges in Fatal Castration Case

November 08, 2006

A Utah man has been charged in the fatal castration of a wild horse. At least three people now face charges in the cruelty case.

Terry John Reid, 48, of Dutch John, was released on his own recognizance after an Oct. 31 initial appearance on... Read More


Reward Offered in Fla. Horse Cruelty Case

October 30, 2006

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the severe neglect and abandonment of two horses in Lecanto, Fla., last... Read More


Indiana Couple Cares for Neglected Horses

October 16, 2006

Katherine Caldwell's husband, Tony, promised to buy her a horse when their children turned 5.

"The trouble is," she said, "we never had any kids."

So 12 years ago, the couple founded Indiana Horse Rescue, a nonprofit organization... Read More


Trial Postponed in California Neglect Case

July 19, 2006

The 35 horses removed from James DeNoyer's northwestern Read More


Arabian Found Abandoned Behind Orange County Home

July 14, 2006

WFTV.com of Orlando, Fla. yesterday (July 13) reported the discovery of a 30-year-old Arabian abandoned behind a home in east Orange County. The previous owner of the... Read More


California Owner Charged with Cruelty

March 01, 2006

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

Mendocino County Animal Care... Read More


Split Verdict in Central Kentucky Horse Abuse Case

June 17, 2005

The two central Kentucky women charged with animal cruelty after authorities seized their 24 horses from a Lexington farm in January 2005 received a split verdict in court on June 8. After a two-day trial, the mother, Nancy Nygaard, was acquitte... Read More


Recognizing and Responding to Neglect

April 01, 2005

Equine veterinarians are in a unique position to recognize neglect or the potential for neglect in horses. They have direct access to horses and horse property, and they get to know horses and their owners by providing care for many years. As... Read More


U.S. Horse Abuse Cases in January

March 03, 2005

Numerous horse abuse cases have been reported during the month of January throughout the United States.

  • Miami, Fla., humane officials are working with the unnamed owner of five malnourished horses removed from his property on Jan. 4. On... Read More


Owner of Central Kentucky Seized Horses Makes Statement

January 18, 2005

Amy Labbe, owner of the mare and foal seized by the Lexington Humane Society (LHS) in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 5 and brought to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (HEMI) because of their malnourished condition, comes to the defense of Nancy an... Read More


Malnourished Horses Seized in Kentucky

January 10, 2005

Twenty-four horses have been confiscated from a Lexington, Ky., farm by the Lexington Humane Society (LHS) after one dead horse was found in a pasture. Four of the horses were in acute condition from starvation and were transported to Hagyard... Read More


Hild Pleads Innocent to Animal Cruelty Charges

December 14, 2004

According to an AP story on Bloodhorse.com, racehorse trainer Glenn Hild pleaded innocent Dec. 7 to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.

Hild, former owner of Broken Word Farm, nea... Read More