Horses Hooves Not Trimmed For 15 years – Grow to 3 Feet Long

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“OMG…can you believe the picture below?? I’ve only seen hooves like that once before; on a dead horse!! How can the owner have let them get into such a state they could barely move? It’s not like their so skinny they haven’t been fed, ok not a lot of food, but somebody had to have been giving them something; they couldn’t have lived to their ages without any food or water!! I just can’t understand how anyone, even someone with no knowledge of horses at all, is that dumb, to think it’s ok to just leave them! The poor horses must have been agony, any horsey person knows to keep a horse fit & pain free, a farrier is God; horses hooves need trimming between 6-8 weeks it varies; even if they don’t have shoes on, they still need to be trimmed!!

“I just pray whoever owns these horses, get what they deserve; in this instance prison without probation, along with having to pay in full, all vet & farrier bills. It’s going to take a lot of work from a very good farrier to get their hooves back into shape….but even if they do, the horses may be unfit to ride; due to irreversible damage to the structure of their hooves. I’m just in shock & have nothing but utter disgust at the owner’s blatant abuse & disregard for the health & welfare of these poor innocent horses!! R.I.P little one. Many thanks to ( for taking care of these equine!”

By Charlotte Ricca-Smith on 25th-Aug-2015

‘Critical condition’

The emaciated animals were discovered standing knee-deep in muck and with hooves more than three feet long. 

A miniature mare had to be euthanised at the scene due, because ruptured ligaments had caused the fetlocks to dislocate. The two others – one a full-sized stallion and one a miniature stallion ­– were in a ‘critical condition’.

“It’s the worst we’ve seen in our 26-year history,” Caroline Robertson, the development director of Days End Farm Horse Rescue told Caroll County Times. “They could barely move without being at risk of getting tangled in their own hooves.”

Three neglected horses have been found, with feet so overgrown it is believed they were locked up for at least 15 years.

Hooves removed

Before the horses could be removed from the scene, they had to be sedated so they could lie down and have the excess hoof removed. They were then taken to Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) in Maryland, ( for rehabilitation.

The horses were discovered when a member of the public called the Humane Society of Washington County with concerns about pet pigeons kept there. It was during the welfare inspection that the equines were found.

‘Long road’

Both horses have been aged at around 18. The horse has been called Quest, while the surviving pony has been named Rio. Both have received further treatment from a farrier and vet and are now on the “long road” to rehabilitation.

An investigation into the case is on-going and cruelty charges could be brought.“Never mind could be…they definitely should be!!”

Days End Farm Horse Rescue is a non-profit organisation which currently provides rehabilitation and ongoing care for 78 rescue horses

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Special Needs School Counsellor Charged With Bestiality Involving Pet Dog Now ‘Accused of Having Sex With A Boy And Showing Him Pictures Of Bestiality

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“Sick bxxxh, needs locking up to protect children & animals; I hope she pay’s dearly for this!”

A Maryland school district worker charged with bestiality involving her pet dog also allegedly had sex with a boy, it was revealed this week.

During a hearing Wednesday, a judge ruled that 46-year-old Stephanie Mikles will stand trial for allegedly having sex with the family pet between August 1 and August 31, 2008. 

Mikles, who had worked for the Hartford County School District, was arrested after a search of her Jarrettsville home has reportedly yielded a CD containing a dozen photos of the woman having intercourse with the pooch.

The search was reportedly prompted by allegations made by a boy who claimed he had sex with Mikles, the Baltimore Sun reported.

According to the unnamed minor, after their encounter, the educator showed him a recording of sexual acts involving her pet dog.

Miss Mikles has yet to be charged in connection to the alleged child sex abuse.

The 46-year-old defendant, who had been employed as a behavioral specialist, working with special education teachers, was placed on unpaid administrative leave. On Wednesday, a district spokesperson said that Mikles no longer works for the school system.   

In the course of the hearing, Mikles‘ attorney, Leslie Gladstone, unsuccessfully argued that the charge of ‘unnatural or perverted practice’ is too vague and was rendered unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Disturbing twist: A boy told investigators in 2008 that he had sex with Mikles and was later shown recordings of her engaging in sexual acts with her dog

Gladstone maintained that the charge in question was designed only to punish people for practices seen as ‘abhorrent morally and religiously.

‘If my client was charged with cruelty to animals, there may be an issue there,’ he said.

Judge Robert Dugan also dismissed a motion filed by Gladstone to supress the photos seized from Mikles’ home.

Allegations of bestiality against Mikles came to light in 2008 when she was investigated for child pornography and sexual abuse of a minor.

In Maryland there is no statute of limitations for bestiality charges so authorities were able to press charges as soon as they discovered the evidence.

The boy had told child advocates with the Hartford County that he had sex with Mikles and was later shown depictions of her engaging in sexual acts with her dog.

Acting on that information, officers served Mikles with a search warrant and seized a CD from her home, which reportedly contained 12 photos believed to have been taken by a third party of the 46-year-old school employee having sex with an animal.

The defence attorney claimed that officers with the Child Advocacy Centre violated the search warrant’s instructions by failing to inspect the images in a lab.

Mikles is expected to go on trial in August. If convicted of the bestiality charge, she could face up to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000.

In May, local TV station ABC2 reported that the dog at the center of the bestiality case still lived with Mikles.

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Maryland Child Behavioral Specialist Placed on Leave After Being Indicted on Bestiality Charges

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Jarrettsville, Maryland — A child behavioral specialist at a public school system in Maryland was recently indicted on bestiality charges after investigators allegedly found numerous video tapes at her home capturing her engaging in sexual acts with a dog.

Stephanie Mikles, 45, was placed on leave without pay this month by the Harford County Public School District after she was indicted in April for engaging in “unnatural and perverted sex practice.” According to reports, the allegations stem from incidents occurring in August 2008, which were not discovered until late last year. There is no statute of limitations involving the crime in the state.

A complaint against Mikles regarding a separate issue led to an official investigation by the child advocacy center, which resulted in the discovery of a number of videos. The shocking videos were then removed from the woman’s home and reviewed by investigators. Harford County States Attorney Joseph Cassilly told the Baltimore Sun that the footage “took a while to go through.”

“As a result of what they found, they placed the charges,” he said, noting that he believed the sexual acts occurred on “more than one instance.”

 A grand jury then indicted Mikles of having “sexual intercourse with a dog,” according to court records and still photographs presumably taken from the videos.

Mikles was released on $5,000 bond following the indictment. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. The dog is stated to still live at the Mikles household.

Mikles has been working as a behavioral specialist for the past four years, providing strategies for helping children that struggle with abnormal behavior. She was moved to a non-instructional position late last year when the district became aware of the charges against her, then put on leave with pay following her indictment in April. This month, she was placed on leave without pay.

Moral Low Ground Ground Notes that Mikles’ case is not unique, but is rather one of a string of bestiality cases to come to light just this year.

“Last month, North Carolina animal shelter volunteer Seadon Collins Etienne Henrich of Zebulon was arrested and charged with four felony counts of crime against nature and three felony counts of disseminating obscenity for allegedly abusing dogs in his care and photographing the incidents,” it outlines. “In March, 38-year-old Derwayne Wesley Sharp of Greensboro, North Carolina was charged with raping a young girl and having sex with a dog, crimes that allegedly occurred at the same time back in 2005.”

“In February, 23-year-old Kara Vandereyk was arrested by Las Vegas police who witnessed her having sex with a pit bull in her backyard,” the report continues. “In January, Charles Ralph Horton, 57, of Cedar Springs, Michigan was charged with sodomy after allegedly raping a lab/shepherd mix on multiple occasions last year. Also in January, Milford, Delaware couple Samantha L. Golt, 24, and her 25-year-old boyfriend James P. Crow were arrested and charged with bestiality. Golt allegedly had sex with a dog while Crow is accused of filming the action.”

A scheduling conference will be held on May 20th regarding Mikles’ case as she remains under investigation.

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School Employee Indicted For Having Sex With Her Dog “I added this News clip, purely for a picture of the reprobate!”

An employee of the Harford County public school system who works primarily with special needs students has been placed under suspension without pay following her indictment on a sex offense charge last month.


Stephanie Mikles, 45, of the 1500 block of North Bend Road in Jarrettsville, was indicted April 16 in Harford County Circuit Court on a charge of unnatural and perverted sex practice, according to court records.

The alleged crime, which involves an allegation of bestiality, occurred from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, 2008, according to court documents. There is nothing in the court record that relates the charge to Mikles’ employment with the county school system.

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Judge Upholds Verdict Awarding Over $60,000 To Family Whose Dog Was Shot By Police Officer

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The verdict has been upheld in the case of the shooting of Brandi, a chocolate lab, by police officers.

Back in April the jury had awarded $620,000 to the Jenkins family, $20,000 for


veterinary bills and $600,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering. The judge did reduce the veterinary bills award to $7,500 due to the fact Maryland law caps damages at that amount. The upholding of the $600,000 for emotional damages is huge not only for the Jenkins family but for the law starting to view pets not just as property.

The shooting incident occurred back on January 9, 2010 when police officers came to the Jenkins’ home with a civil warrant for their son, who no longer lived at the resident.

Brandi bound out of the house to meet the officers when Deputy Timothy Brooks shot her. Brandi didn’t even get within three feet of the officer and had stopped barking when she was shot.

Brandi did survive the shooting but will need extensive ongoing medical care. Brooks was found to have unconstitutionally shot and grievously wounded the dog by the jury. In addition Brooks along with Deputy Nathan Rector were found to have unconstitutionally and illegally entered the Jenkins’ home. The two officers entered the home without permission after the Jenkins had left to rush Brandi to the veterinarian.

Cary Hansel, attorney for the Jenkins was very happy with the result not only for what was awarded to the Jenkins but because of what the case means for the legal community. “It’s one of the first cases in Maryland to recognize that pets are family members and not property.” Normally, cases involving property would not be permitted to award emotional damages.

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Maximum Sentence for Maliciously tossing Kitten and Running Over Multiple Times

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“Remember Michael Almony of Finksburg, he is the heartless bastard that ran over a kitten multiple times….Please sign the petition below to make sure this evil sicko gets what he deserves!” 

Michael Almony of Finksburg faces more than three years in jail and a $6,000 fine for throwing a kitten on the ground and running over it several times in his Ford pickup truck.

Baltimore County police arrested Almony, 59, Thursday after an anonymous person turned in a video from a parking lot that shows the incident.  

Almony Allegedly threw the kitten on the ground next to the truck, pulled forward to run the animal over, backed up and ran over it again.

The link below show Almony throwing the kitten, then get in his car to carry out the rest of this brutal killing on a little kitten.  Viewer discretion is advised.

“Seeing the video makes me hate him even more, if that’s possible…but I really hope hope he goes down for a long time! Please sign the petition below!

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Rock Hill woman arrested, charged with cruelty to animals

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A Rock Hill woman was arrested Tuesday in the alleged abuse of her pit bull.

33-year-old Tonya Lortay Taylor of Chestnut Street was charged with cruelty to animals Tuesday following a January incident where officers received an anonymous call about a dog that was being mistreated.

Officers found a tan and white pit bull tied up behind the woman’s apartment with dirty water in its bowl and a makeshift leash.

The police report from January says the reporting officer could feel the bones in the dog’s back sides and shoulders.

Warrants were issued for Taylor and 48-year-old Charles Hall. Animal Control officials deemed the residence unfit for a pet

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Animal Abusers Would Be Named Under Bills in 26 States

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Those who batter, abuse or kill dogs and cats would get the same public scorn as sex offenders in bills introduced in legislatures throughout the U.S.

Online registries for convicted animal abusers already have been approved in three New York counties, including Suffolk, where the nation’s first takes effect May 7. Twenty-five states have considered such laws since 2010, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which is leading the campaign. 

Backers say the bills recognize a growing awareness of animal rights — and the public-safety benefits of stopping abusers, who studies show often go on to harm humans.

“There’s a mountain of evidence that says we need something like this,” said Michigan Representative Harvey Santana, a Detroit Democrat who’s proposed a registry there. “There is a strong correlation between people who abuse animals and graduate to abusing people.”

Other states where legislatures are considering similar bills include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and Maryland, according to the Cotati, California-based Legal Defense Fund.

The case of National Football League quarterback Michael Vick shows why the drive has momentum, said Stephen Wells, executive director of the fund, which says it has 100,000 members. Vick was sent to prison in 2007 on charges of conspiracy to break dog-fighting laws, not animal cruelty, Wells said.

‘Common Sense’

“It’s frustrating to see repeat offenders commit these crimes and get away with it in people’s eyes,” said Wells, 47, in a telephone interview. “The registries appeal to people’s common sense.”

Public shame has a long history in the U.S., dating to the Puritans’ use of stocks to punish colonial criminals. Some cities have combated prostitution by publishing photos of their clients in newspapers and, in Minneapolis, on an electronic billboard.

The animal-abuse idea is an outgrowth of registries for sex offenders begun by states in 1996 under order of Congress. The initiative isn’t uniformly supported by animal-rights organizations.

Tracking abuse in FBI data would do more to prevent it, Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the U.S., wrote in a December 2010 blog post. Many people convicted of neglect are mentally ill, he said.

Driving Them Away

“Shaming them with a public Internet profile is unlikely to affect their future behavior,” Pacelle wrote, “except perhaps to isolate them further from society and promote increased distrust of authority figures trying to help them.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals supports registries, said Stephanie Bell, associate director of cruelty investigations.

“Community members have a right to know when a convicted animal abuser is in their midst,” Bell said. “People who abuse animals rarely do so only once.”

Suffolk County’s registry is administered by its Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Its head, Roy Gross, said studies show those who abuse animals often hurt people.

“If you had a convicted animal abuser next to you, wouldn’t you want to know?” he said.

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Maryland Senate Passes Bill to Ban Shark Fin Trade : The Humane Society of the United States

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The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International urge quick passage in the House of Delegates

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International applaud the Maryland state Senate for passing landmark legislation that will end Maryland’s contribution to the cruel, wasteful and unsustainable trade in shark fin. If enacted, Maryland will join four Pacific states – California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington – and the U.S. territories of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands in similar actions to provide critical protection to sharks and preserve the health of the world’s ocean ecosystems by banning the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.

Introduced by Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, S.B. 465 passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 42 to 4. Similar legislation, H.B. 393, was introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery. It awaits action by the House Environmental Matters Committee before the Maryland General Assembly adjourns on April 9. 

“With this vote, Maryland is one step closer to being the first East Coast state to join the international movement to protect sharks by shutting down the market for shark fins,” said Tami Santelli, The HSUS’ Maryland senior state director. “The unsustainable demand for shark fins has had a devastating impact on shark populations worldwide, and this bill makes clear that Maryland will no longer contribute to the cruelty. We encourage the House of Delegates to act quickly to pass this bill.”


  • The fins from up to 73 million sharks are used to supply the global shark fin trade each year.
  • Conservation enforcement and finning bans in the U.S. alone are not enough to conserve sharks. A ban on shark fin products, such as S.B. 465 proposes, is the most effective way to eliminate the demand for shark fins and to eradicate shark finning around the world.
  • Shark fin is often the most expensive item on restaurant menus and typically served simply as a symbol of status. It has no nutritional value and is the main driver of the multi-billion dollar international shark fin trade. The dish is highly controversial because of the manner in which shark fins are harvested and the precarious status of many shark populations.
  • In January 2011, President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act to strengthen the federal law against shark finning at sea and require that sharks be landed with their fins still attached.

“Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins, causing many species to be threatened with extinction,” said Sen. Frosh. “Sharks are a critical predator species in the ocean and maintain the health of the ecosystem. Here in Maryland, the decline in shark populations can be linked to an increase in cownose rays, which are inhibiting oyster restoration in the bay. We must do all we can to protect this important species.”

The broad and diverse coalition supporting S.B. 465 included animal protection, Asian Pacific American, environmental, and conservation leaders, as well as the National Aquarium and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Finning” is an abhorrent practice that involves slicing off the fins of a shark and discarding the animal at sea to drown or bleed to death. Unsustainable fishing methods like this have led to declines by as much as 90 percent in some shark populations during recent decades.

via Maryland Senate Passes Bill to Ban Shark Fin Trade : The Humane Society of the United States.

Michigan proposing to be first state with an animal abuse registry

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Detroit Representative Harvey Santana introduced a House bill this week requiring an adult convicted of animal cruelty and abuse to register into a data base with their name, photographs and address. The fee would be $50 payable by the registrant.

If approved, Michigan would be the first state to ever impose such legislation although similar bills are being considered in Rhode Island, California, Tennessee, Arizona, and Maryland. Colorado legislators recently rejected a bill requiring animal abusers to register.

All rescues and animal shelters would have access to the registry and be legally obligated not to adopt, sell, or release an animal to those people on the list.

CBS Detroit reports Representative Santana stated the registry would also be a resource for law enforcement officials. Extensive research shows that animal abuse and violence to people are closely related. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, (ALDF) such nationally known serial killers as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz and others began their egregious careers as animal abusers.

In Maryland, State Senator Ron Young’s bill advocating for an animal abuse registry has been named Heidi’s Law – after a seven-month-old Golden Retriever who was shot four times and killed as she played in her own yard. 

Two years ago, a unanimous decision by legislators brought the first animal registry to Suffolk County, New York. Rockland County is the second to approve a registry.

The ALDF continues to encourage and work with legislators to encourage more states to institute similar legislation. Click here for more information

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