ALDF Offers $5,000 Reward in Monterey Horse Cruelty CasePosted on April 10, 2014
Reward Offer Reaches $6,000 to Track Down Suspect
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful conviction of the person (s) responsible for an abandoned and injured horse found in Monterey County, Calif. Sunday April 6, 2014. The under-nourished horse was discovered near San Miguel Canyon Road in Royal Oaks, and was suffering from a severe and painful leg deformity likely caused by lack of veterinary orthopedic surgery, along with overgrown hooves. Unfortunately, the gelding (approximately 12-15 years old) was humanely euthanized on the advice of equine veterinarians to relieve his suffering.
Under California’s Penal Code § 597s animal abandonment is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months imprisonment in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Additional charges could be filed under neglect statutes as well. Along with ALDF, the SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward, bringing the total reward offer to $6,000.
“We ask anyone with knowledge of this abuse to come forward,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Other animals may be at risk of severe neglect and abandonment.”
If you have information relating to the identity of the person or persons involved, please contact the SPCA for Monterey County at 831-373-2631 or online.