Woman accused of starving horses identified

Here she is – the woman accused of leaving horses to starve to death

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Here she is – the woman accused of leaving nearly two dozen horses to starve to death on rural property in Wake County, North Carolina. Investigators have identified 64-year-old Janet Elaine Laven Burleson as the person responsible for the death of one dog and 22 horses.

Tracking her down

An investigation was started immediately after the horrible discovery was made on property off of Fanny Brown Road. Testing revealed that all of the horses had died from starvation – as reported by ABC 11 News, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office was led to Burleson after tips came in from her own family, and other members of the public. Burleson allegedly abandoned the horses in small corrals months ago.

Burleson has not yet posted bond, but if she does, she will not be permitted to have animals. The horses, and deceased dog, were found on property which belonged to Amos and Jean Lavender, Burleson’s parents. Both are deceased.

One dog, in poor condition, managed to survive – that dog has been taken to the local animal shelter for care.

Prior article about this sad situation here.

(Booking photo of woman who allegedly abandoned horses via screenshot from ABC 11 News)

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Yesterday: Abandoned dog ‘near death’ when he was found in garbage tote – more here.

More: Someone abandoned cat in a carrier in the bitter cold – more here.

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8 replies
  1. Barbara Cordo says:

    This is such a sad and disgusting story. It makes me sick to my stomach what she did to these poor innocent animals. I hope the community keeps pressure on the judge in this case to prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law. And even that wont be enough to punish her.

  2. Barbara Cordon says:

    This is a sad and disgusting story. It makes me sick to my stomach for what she did to those poor innocent animals. I hope the communiy puts pressure on the judge to prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law. And even that wont be enough to punish her

  3. Adrienne says:

    So, these animals belonged to her parents who are deceased yet she gives no reason why she didn’t take care of them (unless this is stated somewhere else). I can understand if she felt overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for all these horses, so you do nothing and just walk away and let them die a slow, agonizing death? This vile monster could have easily picked up a phone and called horse rescue groups who would have gladly taken them yet she never did that and for that, she should be in jail for the remainder of her life but first before she feels the starvation that these horses felt. She needs to experience what she caused these poor horses and dogs felt, animals who depended on humans for their care.

    No neighbors saw what was happening? I am sure they knew there were horses there and no one had the guts to get involved until it was too late. Why? What is wrong with this country and people who live among us who have no feels.

    • Bunny Peters says:

      You said what I was thinking.!!!!!! Pure Evil!!!!!! Absolutely NO excuse for what she did. THROW THE BOOK @ this POS!!!!!!
      I promised my Dad on his deathbed that I would care for his dogs. It’s been over 5 years and I am still taking care of them. I can’t imagine not caring for them…….. NO WAY would I not care for these senior furbabies!!!!!!
      All she had to do was call a horse rescue group and a dog rescue group (2 phone calls)…… She probably didn’t hesitate to snag all the money and valuable family treasures…..
      She has a reserved spot in Hell waiting for her to burn forever for her cruelty…….

      Precious treasures, your lives were stolen from you (& your lives mattered). I am absolutely heartbroken for your trauma & death. So sorry humans failed you so terribly…..

      Please look for Sailor who will show you the best trails in Heaven…….
      Please look for MacKitty in Heaven and he will welcome you into his snuggle buddies group. You can RIP amongst his loving friends……..

      • pennysdachshunds says:

        You like my husband and I believe in if you make a commitment You Damn Well Keep it!!! your father knew that and he didn’t have to worry as his time came about his pets.. and I am sur MacKitty looks down upon you …

  4. pennysdachshunds says:

    ALL this Narcissistic, Criminal Minded BITCH needed to DO was to Go ASK for HELP!!!! IS this a vengeance vendetta against someone else or what!!! This is A case where SHE NEEDS to BE TARRED and FEATHERED . We have a RESCUE MULE that Was being Starved and I took a petition to the surrounding neighbors , then to Court, then to the State Livestock Board!!! and WON … Why WOULD SHE HIDE these Horses and ALLOW such a Horrific death to befall them!!! and the attempt to starve the dogs to Death Too. She will Plead Mental Health Issues and Cry for Mercy!!! She IS DEMONIC < EVIL and SHE DAMN WELL BETTER BE SENTENCED TO PRISON for at least t years!!! We , actually I am going to write to the court system , asking for a deserving sentence!!!

  5. Jan Barnes says:

    So is she going to JAIL??? What are the CONSEQUENCES? If only there could be the DEATH PENALTY for this evil psycho BITCH!


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