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Thu, Jan 15 | By Amy Lieberman | 734

A unique statute has allowed two out-of-state nonprofits to file a civil suit against three suspected horse abusers in North Carolina. "Whether it is right or wrong, a lot of counties don't have the money to pursue all animal cruelty cases," an U.S.… more ›

Nonprofits Step Up, Sue Horse Abusers
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Djggunnershy
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Djggunnershy
5 years ago

There are problems like this everywhere i wish they could all be taken care of.

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Cheri
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Cheri
5 years ago

I wish more states had statutes that would allow citizens or groups to rescue abused or neglected animals. That would certainly speed up help to the animals.

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Martha W.
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Martha W.
5 years ago

Good for them. I wanted to see what had happened since this was an older article. Here's the complaint: media.mgnetwork.com/ncn/pdf/090112_horses.pdf I know sometimes urls don't always come up here. I did a google search on Michael Keating horse abuse, and found it.

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Rodeorick
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Rodeorick
5 years ago

They should't even have to sue, the animals should be afforded victims compensation just like we have and that includes pain and suffering.

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Horseboy
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Horseboy
5 years ago

good, the more groups like these going after the abusers the better, there should be stronger detterents against those who think it is ok to abuse any animals.

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Poco2luv
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Poco2luv
5 years ago

It's about time that some of these neglectful owners get charged.

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Emma C.
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Emma C.
5 years ago

i just don't understand how people can be so negligent and abusive.

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Norman C.
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Norman C.
5 years ago

Horses are in the news lately. It's good attention is being paid to their fate.

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Lucille Vaughn F.
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Lucille Vaughn F.
5 years ago

While I don't own horses anymore, I couldn't help relating to this story. I also people who owned horses or ponies, that really didn't know how to care for them. This, though is no excuse for anyone allowing an animal to starve to death. There are organizations to turn to for help. They would much rather rescue an animal that isn't near death, than to try to save that animal's life. I am so glad that this state has that law to help them help horses in need.

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Rebecca W.
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Rebecca W.
5 years ago

ADLF has helped Habitat for Horses in a couple of cases. Great people for rescues to know

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Mechelle F.
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Mechelle F.
5 years ago

Those poor horses...glad some are safe now. I don't understand why they would let them even keep the one, just because it was healthy? That is even worse that they would only keep one of them healthy? Every state should use NC as an example of what new animal laws they should pass ASAP!

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Elizabeth D.
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Elizabeth D.
5 years ago

Terrible fo the horses, glad they were found out about.

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Rebecca B.
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Rebecca B.
5 years ago

I never understand why people do this. If they don't want to take care of the horses why don't they give them away? If they can't afford to take care of them, why can't they just say so? Seriously... I really don't get it...

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Paige R.
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Paige R.
5 years ago

I'm glad someone is stepping up to the plate.

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Tina R.
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Tina R.
5 years ago

I hope they won there cases!

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kathy
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kathy
5 years ago

These people should be put in jail for life.

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Joe C.
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Joe C.
5 years ago

Jail, then one thousand hours of community service cleaning horse stalls.

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mike h.
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mike h.
5 years ago

There needs to be tougher laws against this kind of abuse.

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Terri M.
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Terri M.
5 years ago

This is a great story!

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
5 years ago

This is great. After all this abuse does not only affect this county - it affects everyone who cares about animals. Sue em!

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Marissa F.
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Marissa F.
5 years ago

interesting

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CaroleLynn2
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CaroleLynn2
5 years ago

I wish I had control over the people that abuse animals. They would be treated the same way or worse than what they did to the animals. Unfortunately, in the state in which I live, it seems the animal has to be on it's death bed before it can get legal help. This just isn't right!

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janet m.
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janet m.
5 years ago

Sad

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Kristen F.
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Kristen F.
5 years ago

How aweful...I dont understand how people can be cruel to animals.

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Jennybarton
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Jennybarton
5 years ago

I think that animal cruelty needs to be taken more seriously. If someone can be cruel to an animal then they certainly have the potential to do something serious to another human being. More money and time needs to be spend in prohibiting such abuse.

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Caron W.
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Caron W.
5 years ago

This kind of thing is so troublesome. Im glad someone was able to do something seeing the county couldnt...

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Pokey101
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Pokey101
5 years ago

How terrible...

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Kim M.
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Kim M.
5 years ago

It is a true shame things were left to get like this. Why can't people reach out for help instead of doing this to these poor animals. I'm hoping they can be nursed back to health and have a chance at a better life.

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ElizaBETHf
5 years ago

stupid people, if you can not afford to feed them atleast give them to someone that will--i don't think they should have left the 1 there...it will be in the same shape...

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Bridget L.
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Bridget L.
5 years ago

For Shame! The purchase price of a horse is the absolute least amount of money you will spend on these animals. Proper facilities and their upkeep, high quality feed, deworming, vaccination, veterinary care, farrier care, grooming, etc.....all of these things will far exceed the purchase price of a horse......bottom line.....if you can't afford to properly care for a horse, don't get one! And for pete's sake if you're gonna breed them, breed only the very best for your discipline, make sure there is a market for what you produce and recognize that most likely, you will NOT make money doing this. For example, say the care of a pregnant mare for an 11 month gestation period and then 4-6 months of care for the foal as well before it can be weaned. This will cost at an absolute minimum $2500 (again, MINIMUM) Recognize that you have to get at least that much to just break even on the sale of a home bred foal. Breed horses to improve your chosen breed and do so wisely - breeding good old Spot because she's your favorite backyard mare is not a good reason....buy something already on the ground.

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Mike T.
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Mike T.
5 years ago

I is a shame that there are people out there that should never had a horse in the first place. Very sick

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UnoDiamante
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UnoDiamante
5 years ago

Im glad that these people are getting what they deserve...

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Emily C.
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Emily C.
5 years ago

I am glad that these people are being punished for their actions. Its sad that many places don't have the funding to pursue punishment for animal cruelty.

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KennethM
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KennethM
5 years ago

It is too bad that all counties dont have the funds to persue abouse cases

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Larry N.
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Larry N.
5 years ago

While I am a little uneasy about out of state non profit organizations suing someone in animal abuse cases, I am very happy the horses have been removed. We have eight rescue equines and know what abuse and neglect are. Are there civil penalties beyond forfeiture of the horses? If so does the money stay in North Carolina for other cases or does it go to the coffers of the plaintiffs. The penalties need to include never being allowed to own an animal again if the defendants are found guilty. Too many people do not assign any value to an animal beyond revenue generated. Trying to be sane and sensible when discussing this kind of behavior is difficult when deep inside is a voice screaming tar and feathers, boiling oil, drawing and quartering.

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Kelly B.
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Kelly B.
5 years ago

I think it's fantastic that nonprofit organizations are able to take some of these legal actions into their own hands. Some cities get too busy with other cases and these poor abused animals can sometimes slip through the cracks. As for the abusers, I say starve them and see how they feel...

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Elizabeth W.
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Elizabeth W.
5 years ago

This is horrible, I couldn't image letting my horses get like that. I think those sorry people should be given a dose of their own medicine. I wish animal abuse would have harsher punishment.

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Shawn D.
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Shawn D.
5 years ago

its a shame that some counties dont have the money to pursue animal abuse cases. Im glad other counties are stepping in in these cases

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Judy C.
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Judy C.
5 years ago

What I don't understand about this story is why is one horse still remaining on the property? These owners don't have the right to keep the horse after what they did to the other ones. Get that horse out of there.

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Caron W.
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Caron W.
5 years ago

Because as wrong as it may seem that one animal was not in distress and the law cannot remove an animal not in distress. they can teach the offending, monitor the conditions of the remaining animal and its health but cannot remove it. In a lot of cases animals that are removed and treated by a vet, CAN be returned to the owner IF they pay the vet bill and promise to do better. It often takes several offenses to lead to anything else. It is sad but THAT is what the laws say. That is why so many changes need to be made to the laws on the behalf of the animals....

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Horseboy
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Horseboy
5 years ago

sock it to them, no excuse, i am all out of patience hearing about the bombastic reasons the #@$%#@%#@$ give for the gross, negligent, irresponsible, cruel and inhumane things they do to the innocent animals. these #$#%#$% took the animals and assumed total responsibilty for every facet of their care. it's always something or someone else's fault, come on, grow up.

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Elizabeth  M.
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Elizabeth M.
5 years ago

I think it's great that these people are being prosecuted. Who cares where the complaint comes from...although I'm sure there needs to be some restrictions for the sake of all of us.

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sandy h.
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sandy h.
5 years ago

I would hope the owners would be prosecuted and not just a slap on the wrist. I don't see where some of these poor horses get the will to live when treated so badly.

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Zandra A.
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Zandra A.
5 years ago

Poor horses. I'm glad they got out of those horrible conditions and I hope the prosecute the owners.

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Kelsey L.
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Kelsey L.
5 years ago

interesting.

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Kimberli
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Kimberli
5 years ago

That sounds like hell on earth for those horses. I don't understand how people could be alone in their own heads, knowing what they've done. I was wracked with guilt and still feel terrible about hitting a deer with my car and that was a good 12 years ago. And I didn't do it on purpose, unlike these jerks.

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RichardK
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RichardK
5 years ago

Keep up the good work getting these people and prosecute

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Karen
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Karen
5 years ago

As long as the animal defense organizations are regulated, so they can't just take anyone's animals for any reason, I fully support them. Animals need advocates. This is awesome.

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359doran
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359doran
5 years ago

gross.... just gross and disgusting.

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shelby d.
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shelby d.
5 years ago

I hope it works, but good luck getting money from a turnip!

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Janet
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Janet
5 years ago

I hope the rescues make some headway in this case. It'll do wonders for cases on down the line.

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