ASPCA Helping Care for 63 Neglected Horses in Spokane, WA

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 1:00pm

The ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team is currently on the ground in Spokane, Washington, assisting Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Services (SCRAPS) with the sheltering and daily care of 63 horses seized Nov. 15 as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

ASPCA responders will remain in Spokane, an ASPCA Partner Community, for at least the next 30 days to nurse the horses to health before their placement with various rescue groups for adoption. The ASPCA is also providing a $5,000 grant to SCRAPS to help cover expenses related to the horses’ care.

SCRAPS officials discovered the severely emaciated and dehydrated horses, who had no access to water or acceptable food, on an abandoned property. Eleven horses in critical condition were taken to a local veterinarian for immediate medical attention. The remaining horses are being cared for at the Spokane County fairgrounds by SCRAPS and ASPCA responders. Agencies assisting the ASPCA with care and sheltering include: Days End Rescue (Woodbine, Maryland); Code 3 (Longmont, Colorado); Equine Emergency Rescue Unit (Overland Park, Kansas); and Washington State Animal Response Team (Enumclaw, Washington).

Field Investigations and Response team members and horses

Local authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of the property owner on charges of animal cruelty in the first degree and transporting or confining animals in an unsafe manner. The suspect has a history of animal cruelty charges, but has ceased appearing in court for proceedings related to these prior charges. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

If you’ve given to the ASPCA recently, from the bottom of our hearts: thank you. Caring for this many horses is an enormous undertaking and a huge commitment, but we are determined to be there for animal victims of cruelty whenever they need us. If you haven’t yet given to the ASPCA lately, please consider doing so today. On behalf of animals across the country, thank you!

Field Investigations and Response team member helping horses

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Paul Bodnick

What are you going to do with these pathetic animals


to paul, what are they going to do with you?


I agree with this comment !!!!!

Nuala G.


Thank you. It's hard to fathom the stupidity and cruely to animals (I am a horse owner myself) but added to that, the ignorance and stupidity of comments like this one, to which you responded.

What, indeed, should we do with him?



Well said Shannon! It baffles me why people that don't care about animals even look at websites like these! Grow up Paul! Get off this website since you lack compassion!

S. O. Rooney

Please don't be too quick to judge Paul. For one thing, while his comment does sound negative and inhumane, it is possible that he meant it in the sense of wondering how we would help these horses. But whether he meant that or he meant it as a cruel and insensitive remark, do you really want to chase him off the site? What is our goal here? To pat each other on the back, admiring our own superiority, or to help others be aware of the problem and join the ranks of those concerned with animal welfare? Please, try to avoid the self-gratuitous outrage and adopt a more constructive, nonjudgmental attitude that presents a good impression to others and encourages people that may not be so aware of animal abuse to take an interest.

Gillian Brigham

to S. O. Rooney
I wanted to thank you for your foresight and kindness in how you responded...too often we are quick to anger and slow to think about the consequences...perhaps why we need an ASPCA at all...Thank you for thinking of animals first and social media second in your is so important to expand and put a hand out rather than cut a potential friend to animals off...
Thank you!


I think we should make him help muck out their stalls, feed and groom them. Maybe he and others would develop some compassion. As for the owner, she should go to prison for a long time and see what forced confinement is like. Shame on both of them!



Ann H

I don't think people understand the word 'pathetic' sometimes. Over time it has become more used for its definition of being inadequate. But the older usage of the word meant that someone/something was in a pitiable condition...the sorriest of conditions. That is imho what Paul meant here. I may be wrong but I think not.