Abuse & Neglect News


Lack of Options Leading to Increase in Horse Abandonment

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


More Than 700 Bales of Hay Donated to Seized Horses

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


Abandoned Ponies, Donkey, Other Animals Await Adoption

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


Arkansas Legislature Considering Tougher Cruelty Laws

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


Second Hay Caravan Planned for Seized Maryland Horses

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


Research Fund to Support Three New WCVM Projects

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


PETA Submits Letter Regarding Georgia Neglect Case

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


New Trial Date Set for Sharpsburg Horse Neglect Case

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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