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Georgia Neglect Case: Defense Team Questions Seizure

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

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Maryland Caravan to Deliver Hay to Seized Horses

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

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Volunteers Rescue Struggling Horse from Icy Mont. Pond

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

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State Requesting Separate Trial Date for Md. Neglect Case

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

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Horse Trainer Acquitted of Animal Cruelty

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

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Ga. Horse Neglect Case: Officials Impounding Horses

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

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Abandoned Horses

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

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Area Horsewomen Organizing Hay Caravan for Seized Maryland Horses

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

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Maryland Humane Society Asking for Support for Seized Horses

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

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Ohio Man Accused of Neglecting Horses

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

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Racing Museum Receives Grant from New York State Music Fund

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

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Fund Benefits Seized Maryland Horses

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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