A Win for Eight Severely Neglected Horses

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on August 14, 2009

On Tuesday, the Animal Legal Defense Fund was back in court fighting for the eight horses who were severely neglected by Robert and Rebecca Collier of Marion, Indiana. In November 2007, the Marion-Grant County Humane Society seized the horses from the Colliers, and the United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) has been providing medical and supportive care for the horses since that time–care that has cost the non-profit organization in excess of $65,000 to date.

The hearing on Tuesday was on the court’s order that USERL, represented by ALDF, had to return the seized horses to the Colliers. ALDF filed a brief explaining why the court’s order was improper and why USERL should not be compelled to return the horses. 

In a great victory, the Court reversed its order and dropped all pending proceedings in the criminal case with respect to the custody of the horses. This is a huge win in the criminal case against the Colliers, and now the pending civil case against them for permanent custody of the horses will proceed in civil court. ALDF will continue to keep you posted as this case progresses.