More than 40 allegedly maltreated Quarter Horses--including foals, yearlings, and several pregnant mares--remain under rehabilitative care after being placed in the custody of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) of East Texas.
A Florida man will serve five years in prison for poaching two horses and butchering them for meat.
The New Jersey Attorney General is accusing two trustees of a horse rescue in that state of misappropriating more than $60,000 in contributions from online donors who thought they were saving horses from so-called kill-buyers.
A Louisiana man is facing an animal cruelty charge after allegedly shooting a horse in November.
A Florida man accused of poaching two horses then butchering them for their meat pleaded guilty to the charges against him during an appearance in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Nov. 17.
A juvenile faces criminal mischief charges in connection with the alleged vandalism of a horse barn in Lexington, Ky., this past weekend.
Law enforcement authorities in Montana are seeking the public's help in identifying whoever is responsible for shooting two horses in Gallatin County in September.
Animal welfare authorities in Utah are seeking those responsible for killing a horse, then apparently butchering it for its meat.
The operator of an online database that tracks animal abuse cases nationwide is offering to help animal welfare authorities in New York develop the nation's first registry for convicted animal abusers.
When Alison LaCarrubba, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, head of the College of Veterinary Medicine's equine ambulatory section, learned the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) would lend financial support to establish a castration clinic at the university, she recognized the program as a way to deliver a valuable veterinary service to cash-strapped horse owners at no cos...
The names, addresses, and photographs of convicted animal abusers residing in one New York county will soon be displayed online thanks to a new law that establishes the first animal abuse offender database in the nation.
More than 100 anti-slaughter protestors targeted horse processing plants, restaurants, and specialty butcher shops in 10 Canadian cities yesterday to promote support of C-544, legislation that would amend the Canadian Health of Animals Act to forbid the import and transport of horses for slaughter for human consumption in that country.
The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will reconsider a proposed rule that would prohibit so-called "lay equine dentists" in that state from using motorized or air-powered files to float horses' teeth without the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
A bill instructing California's congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would forbid the transport of horses to horse processing plants in Canada and Mexico took its final step to passage on Wednesday when that state's Senate approved the measure.
Introduced in February, SJR 22 calls on federal lawmakers to pass HR 503, the Preve...
Hurricane Alex poses no immediate threat to the safety of horses residing Gulf Coast communities, according to owners in the region.
Anyone who slaughters a horse and sells its meat for human consumption in Florida now faces criminal felony charges under a new measure signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist on May 14.
Some horse slaughter opponents are using social networking sites to urge the defeat of Missouri legislation that would allow horse processing plant development in that state.
A bill establishing horse processing plant operation and meat inspection regulations was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on Monday (March 29). HB 1747 also requires plant operators to pay registration and processing fees to underwrite meat inspection costs. The bill now moves to the state Senate for review. Bill sponsor Rep. Jim...
As some recession-weary horse owners struggle to feed their animals, hay banks in some states are helping those most in need.
Thoroughbred trainer Chad Moore will serve 180 days in jail and is barred from owning or training animals for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of animal abandonment under an agreement entered in Clermont County Municipal Court on Tuesday.
Cincinnati's River Downs Race Track has established a "surrender stall" program for horse owners who can no longer care for their animals. The program was established in response to the removal of six allegedly malnourished horses from a farm operated by former Thoroughbred horse trainer Chad Moore, said River Downs Publicity Director John E...
The number of Kentucky horses abandoned by their owners rose through 2009, according to a report released by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) this week. County officials, rescue operators, and KHC members provided data for the report, which compared the number of horses abandoned or placed in equine rescues between 2007 and 2009.
Kentucky, North Dakota, Hawaii, Idaho, and Mississippi have the weakest animal protection laws in the nation, according to a report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) on Tuesday.
Law enforcement authorities in three Wisconsin counties are investing a series of shooting incidents that left five animals dead or dying in their pastures.
The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in the Miami area since January rose to 21 on Saturday when trail riders discovered the remains of a Thoroughbred mare alongside a rural road in Miami-Dade County.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with examining how horse processing plant closures have affected equine welfare. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with objective, fact-based information intended to improve performance and accountability of federal agencies.
Tawnee Preisner doesn't need a calendar to know that winter is approaching--all she has to do is count the number of inquiries she receives from horse owners wanting to place their animals at her California equine rescue. Calls from financially strapped horse owners in need of help spike every fall, she said. But this year, the number of inquiries is exce...
A Florida man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with two horse poaching incidents including the death of a horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.
The horse was discovered in dead and mutilated in its paddock on Sept. 9. The killing was among 20 similar incidents cu...
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $20,000 today when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. increased its reward offer to $15,000. The Humane Society of the United States is also offering a separate $5,000 reward for information critical to ...
An equine welfare advocate is hoping to reunite polo ponies seized from a farm owned by Polo Pony Retirement Foundation operator Nancy Mackall in August with former owners who want them back.
Twenty equines were residing on the farm when Orange County, Va., Animal Control Officers removed 10 allegedly malnourished horses from the property in respo...
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $8,000 on Tuesday when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. added $3,000 to existing reward funds.
Miami-Dade County Police are currently investigating 17 cases involving horses stolen and appare...
A Texas woman accused of maltreating 57 horses remains in jail after failing to post bond on cruelty charges.
Carol Paselk faces one count of cruelty to animals and one court of cruelty to livestock. The Class A misdemeanors each carry penalties up to $4,000 and one year in the county jail.
The charges stem from the May 9 removal of 57 allege...
Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, was preparing a horse for long-distance transport. Getting the horse from her home base at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center to his final destina...
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