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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And we are called the Humans, It makes me sick that people are able to get away for so long with this kind of neglect, AND NO ONE SEES OR DOES NOTING. WE NEED TOUGHER LAWS FOR PEOPLE LIKE THIS OR ANY KIND OF ANIMAL ABUSE.




I only can say that you are an idiot. That's all, we don't need to discuss with you, Paul. You suck and your stupid comments.


Perhaps Paul's query about the future of these horses is genuine, and not mean. Perhaps he knows little about the proper steps to care for these horses.

Instead of rushing to judge him, why not simply answer his question?


Paul Bodnick, you had better hope you are never put in a position as these helpless animals were and have someone ask "just what were they going to do with such a pathetic person" such as you are.

I, as a horse owner am appalled to see abuse doled out to these majestic animals. Thank goodness for Caring people such as the


Paul.... shame on you for that're pathetic & heartless!
These so-called horse owners should be punished to the fullest extent of the law....
"an eye for an eye" would be perfect!
How can anyone hurt or neglect an animal or pet.... they are the most amazing beings in this world.... they bring our lives unspeakable Joy and unconditional Love!
I'm so happy the horses were rescued and are on a road to recovery and are being well cared for :)

Karen Wendtland

Your pathetic Paul for saying such a STUPID statement.


You're pathetic Paul

Bodil Ribel

What about you Paul? Take a good long look at yourself!


What are we gonna do with pathetic people like you? That's the question and the reason we have to have groups like the ASPCA.