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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Bodil Ribel

Who is really the pathetic one Paul??? Take a good look at yourself!


Cruelty to animals can be decreased by education. Education at school. Teaching respect for animals and humans as well. Teaching how to live with animals and the responsibilities involved in owning pets or animals. Commonsense. Once again Education is very important. Lets hope our governments stop cutting education budgets.


I am so grateful the ASPCA was once again able to recuse these perious animals. I do hope the people who did this get what they deserve and more. It is hard not to comment on Pauls statment but; like AJ said it is about the horses not about an ignorant comment. God bless both the ASPCA and the horses. I hope they all find good homes


Maybe Paul meant the situation was pathetic and worded it wrong? It's possible. If not....


I agree with everyone's, except Paul's, comments. Thanks! I feel so sorry for the horses, but am thankful they're getting excellent care. It's idiots like you, Paul, who make me angry! I hope you don't have pets!


I have raised horses in my past and they are kind and loving creatures and for anyone to be so cruel is unbelievable. People who treat any helpless animal so horribly should be treated in kind and then put in jail for a very long time. I agree that anyone who mistreats animals should never be allowed to ever have them again. Thank God for all the organizations that rescue and treat the animals and those who donate to them.


What is very sad is that God made Adam (humans) so that he would care for the animals here on earth ... now look at us!! How very sad & sick our race has become! We (as caring humans) can not force other humans to care, nor to have a compassionate heart. The one thing that gives me hope is that one day these cruel humans will be judged based on their hearts and their actions here on earth.

Ann H


pa·thet·ic [puh-thet-ik] Show IPA
1. Causing or evoking pity, sympathetic sadness, sorrow, etc.; pitiful; pitiable: a pathetic letter; a pathetic sight.
2. Affecting or moving the feelings.
3. Pertaining to or caused by the feelings.
4. Miserably or contemptibly inadequate: In return for our investment we get a pathetic three percent interest.

Ann H

To the dumba--es on this thread who have no grasp of vocabulary and are so quick to judge Paul after having accused him of being judgemental (ironically enough)...yes, there is a chance he could be a neanderthal who is using definition #4 in his response...but considering there are 3 other definitions that are more in tune to the tone of his comment I am leaning toward the likely chance that that is all he meant in the use of the word pathetic here. God, all you judgemental people make ME never want to use that word ever again. Sheesh!

S. O. Rooney

Yes! Thank you Ann! And all of these judgmental people sure wouldn't make me want to join their cause.