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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It bears mentioning again. Generally, peole think we're the top critter on this planet because of our intelligence and our opposable thumbs. We discount the importance of our compassion and our sense of community. If people like this woman don't wake up and assume their responsibility as members of the ascendant species for the welfare of ALL animal life, they will lead us to our own extinction. And we will deserve it.

Ann M. Marini

You are right Richie. We will deserve to go extinct if owners dont' wake up but also if we don't wake up by urging state legislators to pass very strict anti-cruelty laws that will be enforced.


This is the result of irresponsible human beings. I believe the stewardship of animals should require an application for approval. I volunteer as the shelter 4-8 days per month and that fact is mankind is really not progressing. It really is sad. I agree with Jill's comments.

Melissa Blaseck

People who know absolutely nothing about horses, are the ones who make non-compassionate comments about them in the first place. When I get out of law school, I will start a law practice that will hire private investigators to find these negligent owners and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

This is non-excusable and unacceptable. Horses are the greatest creatures on earth. These poor babies. I will definitely add to my contribution this month for the ASPCA. Good job! Keep it up.

Joan Hudson Brown

These horses appear to have been fed and cared for as they don't look starved.
I suppose the Animal Control put them in these pens as it doesn't look like a place that they would be kept by an owner. There are so many horses in our country that are starving and skin and bones right now that need help. These horses and ponies look great when compared to the really thin horses that need feed and hay so badly.
I am a lifetime horsewoman and my strongest wish now is to stop the slaughter of horses in America. Horse Lovers must speak to their politicians and ask them to oppose horse slaughter in America. The horses at a slaughter plant are killed in such a vicious manner, this must be stopped. The government needs a facility to turn horses and ponies free with hay and water to save them and have a government employee to float their teeth to help digest their food. It is ridiculous that Veterinarians are charging $150 to float (file) a horses teeth. Farriers offer a better deal on floating teeth. Horses then digest their food better and gain weight.
Horse Lover from Georgia

E. Kippen

The answer is: Require a license for each horse owned such as $250 per year. That would cut down on backyard breeders and people who can't afford a horse.


Paul probably owns the property.


Thank you, ASPCA, for helping to rescue these poor animals. It is heartbreaking and unbearable to see an animal suffer.

As for some of these responses: Snarky comments are the lowest. Let's focus on the plight of the animals and their decent rescuers and not on the plight of a few stupid, mean human beings.


Here, here, Emma!

Animal Lover

Paul, YOUR A "F&(*) IDIOT! I guess you all know the word I wanted to use but did not write it! I am not a horse owner, but I agree w/ the comments below mine that mentioned they did not put themselves or asked to be put in the predicament! It is done to them! NO ANIMAL ASKS FOR IT! It is the F*&*ed up Humans in this world the create more problems for these or any animals. Wouldn't it be great if people that own any kind of animal from the smallest to exotics as pets would just do what is necessary for them & there would be less problems for the animals as well as Animal Control units across the nation, the Vet's that do extensive work & sometimes for free. If you cant take care of a pet or animal or don't have the funds for it, then DONT GET A PET! You have to be responsible & take responsibility for your actions you do!