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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Did you mean the situation was pathetic and worded that wrong? If not.........

Ann H

I know what you meant by pathetic and it's true. They are in the most pathetic of conditions. But at least intervention has been made and they are on a new course to a healthier happier life.


what do you think they are going to do with them Paul?

Evelyn Ball

Yes what are we going to do with these stupid arrogant useless overrated human animals? I suggest a cull. Too many so called human beings who are not worthy of life. Something seriously is wrong with human garbage like Paul Bodnick when the only thing that he can spew out of his pie hole is something this inhumane. Hopefully you get what you deserve sooner than later!

Trish Fletcher

Whatever his wording, I do also wonder what will be the fate of these poor horses? Will they be put up for adoption? How long does it take before that happens (if it does... of course...can't imagine they won't be up for adoption, but I'm trying not to "assume" anything)? What will the process be-- like adopting a dog or cat?


They will find good homes for those wonderful creatures, KIND homes. With KIND people(not you.).

Reply to Paul

Seriously??? You are pathetic piece of crap that is just wasting life away. With a comment like that i do not doubt that you are a menace to the society. Maybe you need medicated? (seriously) no person in their right mind would say that!


I too, am a horse owner, but I must be missing something - besides not reading this article explaining about the adoption agencies, what is so wrong about this man asking what is to be done with these horses?


You must have NO heart!!
Obviously you need to learn respect for living creatures. Ever hear of Karma?


Paul, most likely you know nothing about a horse or such a statement would not be posted on a public posting. WHy do you call a horse a pathetic animal? Do you know? believe it or not, people will take care of these" pathetic" animals as you say, it is the pathetic people like you we cant get rid of.