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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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@Ann H! - are you seriously such an egomaniac that you would presume to teach us the English language? The comment from low-life Paul is pathetic....meaning he is a pathetic, pitiful male human. The wording, or lack of, in his statement reflects this to all of us except you! It was blunt, brief and obvious. In fact, from his comment, I took away that he may know this other low-life female human, as in "I think they are pathetic creatures, so why not walk away, who cares"! As well, I would step over his body writhing in pain, lying on the ground, to help an animal in distress beyond him! You don't seem very worldly to me in that, there are these POS's that cruise sites to make ignorant remarks, the same way a pedophile cruises Facebook for kid pics. AND they like to be the first comment!

S. O. Rooney

Laurie, What the hell is wrong with you? You need to get a grip. Ann is correct, and I appreciate her insight. I feel that people with such a nasty, small-minded and holier-than-thou attitude like you, Laurie, and some of the other commentators here, are not doing these horses or other animals in need of help any favors.

L. O'Callaghan

Paul may have made a comment innocent in nature and perhaps out of concern not intended as a nasty statement at all. We are all here for the common good of all animals. Let us not forget our mission. Thank you Rooney for being eloquent. Please people, let's not argue and point fingers. Instead, let's channel our energy to better the lives of animals, all creatures big and small. God Bless.


I agree with both SO and Ann. If this guy meant in in a bad way, thats horrible for him. But I agree - our goal is to help people become aware of the treatment of animals, not to make them bitter and even more defensive. We are trying to help the animals, not prove our point and win an argument. Id much rather befriend a person who is closed minded if it changes his view, than to belittle him and have him/her never understand our point of view. On top of that, Anns comment is def possible. Coming from someone with parents who were not native to this country (I wont say from where since I dont want race to be an issue), in our language, pathetic does not have the same connotation as it does in english. In our language, it basically means you should feel sorry for whoever is "pathetic." If the only error he is making is a lack of understanding for the english language, or if that is not his/her native language, it is no reason to belittle him. As cliche as it is. "two wrongs dont make a right."


Laurie, are you so completely out of control, that you can not, for even a second, maybe believe that he might be concerned for what the outcome will be for these horses?

sandy rodriguez

I will donate ..for the horses...but folks this is about the "horses" stop behaving like a bunch of "jackasses"... verbage , intentions, hidden meanings and pompous self righteousness ..get over it. If you can't be open minded and look for the best in people, then be silent.


yes ann, i think you are correct, because when i read the comment i wasnt upset at all. being an older animal lover, i took the word pathetic to mean in a sorry condition


we all want to adopt YOUR NEW HORSE


we all want to adopt YOUR NEW HORSE

Cat Baloo

that is awful these horses didn't ask to be put in this position and it is certainly not their fault they are like this, so to call them pathetic animals you should be ashamed of yourself and donate to help them. animals depend on humans to take care of them they can't fend for themselves when left in pens or stalls, it is pathetic that a person could do this to an defenseless animal and call themselves a human being and sleep at night that is what is PATHETIC not the horses.