Judge denies first of its kind lawsuit for abused horse to sue owner

A Washington County judge in Oregon ruled that an abused horse can not be a plaintiff and therefore cannot sue his previous owner for the expensive and ongoing medical care needed since he was rescued in March 2017. Circuit Court Judge John Knowles issued his ruling on Tuesday:

“The court finds that a non-human animal such as Justice lacks the legal status or qualifications necessary for the  assertion of legal rights and duties in a court of law.”

Justice, the abused horse had been a party to the lawsuit filed earlier this year against his former owner, for the costs of his medical care including his pain and suffering. According to animal advocacy group, Animal Legal Defense Fund, this case was the first to allow animals the legal right to sue their owners in court for $100,000 in both economic damages and future care. The horse’s owner Gwendolyn Vercher was found guilty of first-degree animal neglect leaving Justice outside and not feeding him.

When rescued, Justice was 300 pounds underweight and  suffered from penile frostbite. Vercher repaid many of the horse’s medical expenses.

“Horses, like Justice, are intelligent animals with the capacity for rich emotional lives. Oregon law already recognizes Justice’s right to be free from cruelty – this lawsuit simply expands the remedies available when abusers violate animals’ ‘legal rights,’” explained Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells.

When Justice was rescued, the Quarterhorse and Appaloosa stallion had been starved and suffered from frostbite, lice and rain rot. Because of the extreme neglect, the horse has been permanently physically and psychologically scarred requiring specialized care for the rest of his life.

According to Oregon Live,  the court argued the case would open a “flood” of lawsuits filed by animals.

“Such a finding would likely lead to a flood of lawsuits whereby non-human animals could assert claims we now reserve just for humans and human creators such as business and other entities.”

Justice remains at Sound Equine Options, an Oregon non-profit horse rescue, and his medical needs remain a barrier for him finding a permanent home as well as the continuing costs of his care. The Oregon Supreme Court has recognized that animals should be considered individual “victims” in animal cruelty cases, however they are still classified as property.

Will the Animal Legal Defense Fund appeal? Surely the time for animals to have a voice in court is coming.

(Photo of abused horse Justice via ALDF)

Read the previous coverage here.

Keep up with the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

These adorable best friends are sure to make you smile!


These unlikely friends are too adorable for words

North Carolina’s wild horses weathered Hurricane Florence

The wild horses of North Carolina weathered Hurricane Florence in the face of fierce winds and heavy rains. For the last 500 years, the mustangs have lived along the Outer Banks and apparently knew exactly what to do as the hurricane approached.

According to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page, the wild horses were

“well-equipped to deal with the rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry and are probably in better shape than most of us humans who are scrambling with final preparations,” the organization’s encouraging post predicted on Thursday as Hurricane Florence slowly inched her way towards landfall.

As of Friday, herd manager Meg Pluckett, stated there were no horse fatalities. In addition, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, that is home to 18 wild horses that either have injuries or are being rehabilitated at the farm, has no damage.

On Saturday, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore issued a public statement that the ponies on Ocracoke Island were all safe. The National Park Service announced visitor facilities are expected to open on Sunday.

As for the wild horses, it is no doubt they found cover and dry areas. Although there is some danger of local flooding, the horses all seem unconcerned and have been quietly going about their day to day lives. The tides are high, and so they are likely staying away from the beach where they like to roam and graze.

(Photos via Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook and Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

Click here to donate to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

Outrageous! Family evacuated, leaving dogs behind – more here.

The latest on Florence


Looters hit store in storm damaged area

Disturbing viral video shows three horses being pulled by pickup truck

In Limestone, Alabama, a flood of calls came into the  Limestone County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after a video went viral showing three horses being pulled by a pickup truck along 7 Mile Post Road.

According to WhntNews, the horses had escaped from their pasture, and the owner had been towing them back to the farm. It just so happened that Angel Olmedo had been traveling down the same road and was livid at what he was seeing happen. He took out his phone and videoed the disturbing situation and posted it on his Facebook page.

“This isn’t the f****** way to pull horses.!!! I ran into this son of a bitch.!!”

It wasn’t long before Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely responded to the building anger over social media and explained the owner of the horses had been worried that his horses could be struck by a car or truck.  When the horses refused to walk with him back to the pasture, he decided to pull them.

A deputy and an animal control officer responded to the scene and stated the owner was apologetic and stated he was going very slow. The owner has a bad back which precluded him from walking the horses home. The horses were not injured.

“He didn’t mean to cause any alarm,” Sheriff Blakely stated.”He of all people didn’t want to get his horses hurt.”

Sheriff Blakely opted not to cite the owner for animal cruelty and told him if it ever happened again, call the office for help. Angel Olmedo said the next time he would most likely stop and help.

Check out the video by Angel Olmedo here. What do you think? Should the owner of the horses been charged with animal cruelty?

A public statement was later issued by the sheriff’s office:

STATEMENT FROM SHERIFF MIKE BLAKELY REGARDING VIDEO OF TRUCK PULLING HORSES:

Yesterday we received numerous complaints about a video that surfaced of a truck pulling three horses near 7-Mile Post Road.

I appreciate everyone’s concern and comments on this video. A friend called me while this was happening and a deputy arrived as the person in the truck was putting his horses in his lot. Animal control was also sent out and inspected the horses. There was no injury to the horses . The owner stated they had got out of his pasture, and due to health issues he was unable to walk and lead the horses home. My friend who reported this did not want to swear out a warrant . The owner was warned and was very sorry for what happened.

Read the latest animal news by ‘liking’ the National Pet Rescue Facebook page. 

In the news yesterday: Saddest eyes – dog has been surrendered to same shelter twice by two different families.

More news: Dozens of elephants killed at sanctuary – read more here.

Update: Men accused of 1,460 counts of sex with animals hosted ‘bestiality orgies’

In a farm located in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, authorities say the three men accused of 1,460 counts of having sex with animals had been going on for the past five years in “bestiality orgies.”

According to CbsNewsPittsburgh,  Terry Wallace, 41, Marc Measnikoff, 34, and Matthew Brubaker, 32, have been arrested and are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond each. While serving the search warrant, police found a large volume of homemade videos. The Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office stated a 16-year-old boy, living on the property at Mouse Lane, told state police the men were all having sex with animals. The men used a V-shaped pen to trap the animals in order to have sexual intercourse.

The men allegedly held  “depraved bestiality orgies” where at least 9 female horses, dogs, goats and a cow were raped according to the Sun. The teen was reportedly used to hold the animals during the sexual encounters. In a statement, Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. said the three men would also be charged with the corruption of a minor.

“This is an unpleasant topic, but the facts are that we received a report of folks having sexual intercourse with animals, farm animals. …I’ve been doing this for over 20 years and this is probably the worst situation of this type of case that I’ve come across.”

Several semi-automatic weapons were also recovered at the farm.

It does not appear the teen had been a victim of sexual abuse, but it has not been determined the extent of the mental or physical abuse he may have suffered.

Anyone with information about this continuing investigation is asked to contact the Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at 800.376.4700.

Arrangements are being coordinated to remove the animals from the premises.

(Photos of men alleged to be involved in bestiality via Clearfield County DA Office)

Read prior article here.

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

Three men accused of 1,460 counts of having sex with dogs, horses, cow and goat

In Munson, Pennsylvania, a shocking discovery was made on Saturday as three men have been accused of 1,460 counts of allegedly having sex with dogs, horses, a cow and a goat. The men also face multiple charges of animal cruelty, endangering the welfare of children and the corruption of minors.

According to CbsNewsPittsburgh,  Terry Wallace, 41, Marc Measnikoff, 34, and Matthew Brubaker, 32, have been arrested. While serving a search warrant, police found a large volume of homemade videos. The Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office stated a 16-year-old boy living on the property at Mouse Lane told state police the men were all having sex with animals. The men used a V-shaped pen to trap the animals in order to have sexual intercourse.

The teen is currently in protective custody. The State Police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are caring for the animals and preparing to move them to a safe place.

The men are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. The investigation continues.

(Photos of men accused of having sex with dogs, horses et al via Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office)

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

 

Horribly emaciated mare actually saddled and ridden through Mize auction

Auction attendees were shocked to see a horribly emaciated mare at the Mize Livestock Sale in Mississippi on Saturday evening.  The bidding opened at $75 – then went down to $55 and $35, but still no bids.

“She received no bids. None. No one spoke to save her!,” wrote the Rocking R Ranch and Rescue who stepped up to help.

The rescue was sent the disturbing photos of the mare, but the situation grew worse as the emaciated mare was to be ridden through the auction hoping someone would purchase her.

“As they placed the pad on her bony spine, we were sent another picture,” the rescue organization posted on their social media page. “Finally, yes we received the picture that was was being ridden. She’s the most emaciated I’ve seen; she has an old injury to her hind leg and it’s not great. They rode her through.”

When the auction told rescue volunteers a man had planned to leave her in a pasture. Of course, the horse never would have survived, and the gentlemen told the rescuers they could have the mare; she took her freedom walk. Just hours later, safe and still on her feet, Helena (as she was named) was ready for breakfast.

Helena’s vet check came out much better than expected. She is slightly anemic, her temperature is normal, her lungs are clear, and although she has a heart murmur which likely is a result of starvation, she has a strong will to live. After she gains 100 pounds, her teeth will be floated. Now she is being supplemented with thiamine and B12.

“Overall I think we got a great report! Jennifer has treated her skin with equiderma and I’ll bet she feels much better. Thank y’all for following her progress. She’s gonna shine.”

Barely one day after Helena was rescued, her sweet personality has started to show. Check it out:

Follow Helena’s progress here.

To help with Helena’s veterinarian care, donations can be made here.

Read more animal related stories and follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

In the news yesterday: Veterinarian left family’s dead dog in their driveway – read the story here.

Strange news: 88 year old man set fire to a raccoon because the animal ate his mangoes – read more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.

 

 

Besties: Neglected mini horse befriended by golden retriever Molly

A neglected mini horse – no more than skin and bones, had been found wandering the streets in South Carolina. Darlene Kindle, founder of Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance stepped up to help the ailing little Sammy with the assistance of Molly.

Initially, there wasn’t much hope for Sammy’s recovery, but Darlene wasn’t going to give up even though the silver dappled mini was at least 100 pounds underweight and one of his hind feet dragged behind him. After a veterinarian checkup, doctors agreed Sammy did have the will to live, and perhaps Molly, the golden retriever at the rescue had been listening.

“Molly is your typical Walmart greeter. She loves everyone including all the animals we have on the farm. She especially loves the minis; she can reach them much easier,” Darlene wrote on the group’s Facebook page as she posted a video that has truly gone viral for all the right reasons.

Check out the video here:

And she continued:

“Sammy the mini that she is comforting just came into CERA’s program. He is nothing but skin and bones and scared. Molly truly has an exceptional sense of knowing when one of the animals doesn’t feel good or sad. So she very gently introduces herself. This is her job and she is very good at it as you can see. Please follow Sammy’s progress on our Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance page. Sammy has a long ride of rehab to go and I will keep everyone informed.”

No one knew if Sammy would even survive the first night, but he did even though he continues to face many challenges. Sammy will need to be castrated and have his teeth floated. He also has bilateral locking patellas that have slightly improved with care and good nutrition, but he may need surgery to improve the quality of his life.

The good thing is he has someone to cheer him up everyday. Good girl Molly!

To help, please click here.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Grieving orca finally releases her dead baby – more here.

 

 

 

Donkey in Pakistan endured horrible abuse at hands of political opponents

An innocent donkey in Pakistan endured horrible abuse at the hands of political opponents on Monday. Social media users in the country were shocked at the torture the innocent donkey endured; the heartbreaking story was described on the Facebook page of the rescue organization Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF).

“With the upcoming elections looming upon us, no one is spared from the wrath of this time…not even the most helpless of animals. (June 25 election)

This is a hate crime. A donkey beaten to pulp, punched in the face and abdomen several times, nose broken, kicked all over his body until he collapsed, has rope marks and a car rammed into him….all of this to describe one political party as an “ass” by some hooligans as written on the poor donkey’s body.

We have blurred out the names on the donkey’s body as we will not involve ourselves in this mess. The rest is up to you all to decide.”

The donkey, now named Hero,  has serious wounds all over his body. An old injury near his flank was an old abscess left untreated which burst when the animal collapsed. His nostrils and face had been bleeding – ripped apart from having been tortured just for politics.

Hero was discovered on Monday by a Good Samaritan  who found the donkey on the ground trembling and in obvious pain. Animal advocates have been asking the rescue organization to identify the political party in order to demand an apology and condemn the deplorable conduct against an innocent animal.

On Tuesday morning, the group offered an update on Hero’s condition:

“We have named him Hero as it takes a true hero of the heart to stand quietly, collapse helplessly, and endure painfully as this donkey did.

Hero is very critical right now and under constant observation, IV fluids and treatment. He couldn’t even stand on his own, we had to lift him. He wants to eat but his mouth is full of wounds. He had severe respiratory issues, internal abdominal swelling due to the kicks and punches. He is still trembling. We are trying to help the trauma subside via rehabilitation methods to make him feel safe enough to trust us, hoping that will generate a will to live within him.”

Video #1

Animal cruelty laws in Pakistan were updated this year to ensure stricter punishments for the protection of animals. Somehow the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has gone unheeded during this contentious election.

Get well soon Hero.

(Photos and video of Hero the donkey via Facebook)

More news and updates on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

Last call for sweet senior who is held at full animal control – read more here.

Senior dog at shelter that is beyond full

Our site is supported by stories from Shared.com

Dying man’s wish to find a home for his beloved dogs – read the story here.


Airline bans “pit-bull type” dogs and a lot of people are angry! Read more here.

 

 

 

Horse falls upside down into mechanic’s pit

In Lublin, Poland, a 30-year-old horse fell upside down into a mechanic’s pit in her owner’s garage this week while searching for potatoes to eat. Baska, the mare, followed her nose into the garage and when she stepped on the wooden planks covering the pit, the wood broke and down tumbled Baska – on her back.

According to the Daily Mail, Baska’s 75-year-old owner, Jan Adamiak heard “heartbreaking” neighs coming from the garage and when he went to investigate was shocked to find his beloved mare stuck so tightly she could barely move.

“She was screaming so loudly and desperately that my heart was tearing apart,” Adamiak stated.

The local fire department and neighbors quickly came over to help. They arranged ropes underneath her in order to pull her out and poured water over her body to make it easier for her to be maneuver while lifted out of the tight space. When she is finally safe, the lucky mare only suffered minor injuries to her side.

 

When interviewed, Adamiak was ecstatic and relieved telling everyone his horse was making a full recovery and seemed to have let her harrowing experience fall quietly into her past. As usual, Baska was roaming the yard looking for food. (Stay away from those potatoes girl!)

(Photos of horse that fell upside down via screenshots from Cen via DM)

More news and updates on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

Woman mourning loss of dog who was shot and killed by police – read more here.

police shot dog who escaped from his yard

 


Dog died inside of parked SUV while owners dined at nearby sports bar – read more here.

Dog died in hot SUV

Our site is supported by stories from Shared.com

Dying man’s wish to find a home for his beloved dogs – read the story here.


Woman horrified by house infestation after walking in the park with her dog – read more here.

Missing miniature therapy horse found alive on roof after Japan’s floods

A missing miniature therapy horse was found alive on Monday after having been stranded on a roof as floodwaters swept through Japan’s Mabicho district of Kakehashi. The nine-year-old mare had been part of the animal therapy program at the Life Town Mabi senior citizen care facility.

According to the Japan Times, the nursing home staff had to release the miniature horse named  Leaf  and her one-year-old colt, Earth, once the torrential rains forced evacuation of the facility. The horses had been missing for days and assumed having drowned by home’s staff, however Leaf’s caretaker, Mari Tanimoto, 49, had no intentions of giving up and hoped the horses survived by swimming to higher ground.

And then came quite the unexpected turn of events.  As the water receded, Peace Winds Japan, a non profit rescue team  were stunned when they spotted a miniature horse standing on the roof of a private home completely covered in mud. As the rescuers were making plans to get her down from the roof, Leaf  lost her footing and fell six-and-a-half-feet to the ground. The lucky little one only suffered minor injuries to her one leg and was helped up to her feet. No one knows how Leaf ended up on the roof since the floodwaters never reached that level.

It was an emotional reunion for Mari when Leaf was reunited. The horse has been extremely popular with everyone and is known to have 50 to 60 visitors coming every weekend to visit with her. Sadly, an update on Earth was heartbreaking:

“West Japan heavy rain today, I checked at kurashiki adult disease center, and I found another horse that was missing (the son earth of a protected leaf yesterday) was found in a dead state. In this heavy rain, many animals were also sacrificed. I wish you all the rest of the earth. Your Photo is from your followers.”

More than 170 people have been confirmed dead after the torrential rains caused widespread flooding and landslides along with many animals and pets.

More news and updates on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

Woman mourning loss of dog who was shot and killed by police – read more here.

police shot dog who escaped from his yard

 


Dog died inside of parked SUV while owners dined at nearby sports bar – read more here.

Dog died in hot SUV

Our site is supported by stories from Shared.com

Dying man’s wish to find a home for his beloved dogs – read the story here.


Woman horrified by house infestation after walking in the park with her dog – read more here.