WEB UPDATE: Sheriff Lopey is confident felony criminal charges will be filed in alleged horse abuse case

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The Siskiyou County Animal Control and Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) continue to pursue the criminal investigation and care for the surviving horse involved in the alleged animal abuse and neglect case both agencies responded to on Saturday, March 31, an SCSO press release stated on Friday.

Pictured here is the gelding that was rescued from the Big Springs property on March 31. A mare found at the scene did not survive, and neighbors report that one horse was buried alive

“The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a comprehensive follow-up investigation to assist Animal Control and the Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus to successfully prosecute this case,” Sheriff Jon Lopey said in the release. “I am saddened by the senseless loss of these defenseless animals but I am confident that our investigation and the efforts of Animal Control will lead to felony criminal charges being filed against the suspects in this case.”

Case background
The SCSO and Siskiyou County Animal Control responded to a report on March 31 that horses were reportedly in distress and not being properly cared for after being observed in a small field on Obsidian Road in the Big Springs area. The report also indicated that the animals were not being properly fed and that one horse was possibly dead.

The responding SCSO deputy arrived at the scene and found two horses in a very emaciated condition, indicating that the animals were subjected to long-term neglect and possible abuse, the release stated. Another horse was already dead at the scene.

A volunteer from “The Run for Home Haven Horse Rescue Ranch” responded and arranged for temporary feeding and care of the animals. Despite the efforts of the rescue volunteer, veterinarian and county responders, one horse had to be euthanized after a day’s effort to save the animal, the release stated.

Siskiyou County Animal Control conducted a criminal investigation and filed an animal cruelty and neglect-related case against the owners of the horses with the Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus on Friday, April 13. The following week, the SCSO initiated a follow-up investigation to assist Animal Control and the district attorney.

“I want all citizens concerned about this case to realize that my department responded to this call and has taken action necessary to enhance the chances of a successful prosecution of the suspects,” Lopey said in the release. “This department fielded calls just prior to the response on March 30, and forwarded one call to Animal Control. The recent allegations that we ignored or disregarded calls related to this case are not true, pursuant to a dispatch audit conducted by the department. We are aggressively investigating this case.”

See Monday’s edition of the Daily News for an interview with Agricultural Commissioner Pat Griffin, who oversees Siskiyou County Animal Control.
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APOV: Lack of animal shelter standards just part of problem

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We applaud The Daily News’ editorial staff for identifying a critical problem in oversight of animal welfare organizations that we entrust with our dogs and cats, that have a special place in the heart of Americans. But the problem is much more extensive than setting standards for “shelters.”

Recent headlines from around the state document serious problems with how our companion animals are being treated – and in most cases there is no care standard that is being violated:

 — Family allegedly involved in Halfmoon cat hoarding has a family history of cat hoarding locally; More than 130 cats seized in Saratoga County

— State Police: Otsego County Kennel owner faces 49 counts of cruelty to animals

— Pieces of dead animals strewn about hoarder’s property — Springville, Erie County

— Cockapoo Killed at the D.O.G. Boarding Facility in Putnam Valley — Westchester County

— 30 Pomeranians seized in Erie County SPCA raid; Man who owns 29 of the dogs charged with animal cruelty, housing violation

— Pet Fashion in Galleria Mall, Dutchess County, faces 70 charges over sick puppies

— 20 dogs die in fire: Westchester County officials unaware of Greenburgh breeder’s online business

— Delaware County  NY shelter hit with animal cruelty charges

— Animal rescuers removing 97 dogs from Oppenheim shelter — Montgomery County

This does not include the many dogs and cats that are injured by individuals, which are much too numerous to even try to list. Just go to Pet-Abuse.com and search for New York cases.

Part of the problem is the lack of clear care standards for the care of companion animals (the only standards apply to stray dogs and to those in the care of licensed pet dealers) and the rest of it are animal cruelty laws that are poorly written and hard to enforce, leading to minor penalties and repeat violations.

Click here to read the rest of this news post:-The Daily News on line.com

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