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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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Jill Muriithi

The animals are not pathetic - they're OWNER IS. A better question would be..."what are you going to do about their pathetic owner?" That's the question!!!

Catherine Nunez

The answer is simple. Find the owner, arrest tht person, convict him/her to the full extent of the law and have them serve some time. They should also never be permitted to ever again have any animals, EVER.


To really teach the owner of these horses, and all other animal abusers, how it feels to be neglected, place them in the exact same horrible situations as the animals they've abused. Eye for an eye.........

Susann Van Ruff...

These horses are not pathetic...far from it is you that are pathetic!!! These horses built this country you live in ...they are Gods gift to us...I have six rescues and love every one of them!

Susann Van Ruff...

These horses are not pathetic...far from it is you that are pathetic!!! These horses built this country you live in ...they are Gods gift to us...I have six rescues and love every one of them!

Anonymous LOVES CAKE

They are NOT god's gift to us. If I were god, I would never have made humans. They are his gift to this earth.

Jill Muriithi

I honestly think that people with serious issues post comments like this to get the better of people, and to get much-needed attention that they don't seem to get elsewhere (can't imagine why). The best thing to do is simply not respond. They obviously have bigger issues to contend with. This comment section isn't for people to argue back and forth about ignorant, unintelligent's for bigger and better things. Get it straight, Paul.


I'd hold back on calling someone ignorant and unintelligent when it appears you don't even know the true definition of the word pathetic. Let's focus on caring for the horses, not hating on each other.

Jill Muriithi

I'm not holding back anything, AJ. Thanks. My whole point in this thread is to focus on the animals...see how quickly we can argue back and forth? I'm not responding anymore so please do not comment back to me. You should not be criticizing me and telling me that I don't what the word pathetic intentions are good.

Ann H

Amen, AJ! Clearly most of the people here do not appreciate the meaning of the word 'pathetic'. Yes, the word can be taken in the context that most of the commenters seem to be taking it: thinking that Paul meant that the horses are lame or something. I do not believe Paul meant it that way at all. Maybe he did and I'm the dunce here but I guess I just didn't read his comment in a negative way. I took him to mean they were in a pathetic condition...really bleak. Oh, well.