ALDF Offers $5,000 Reward in Monterey Horse Cruelty Case

Posted 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.


15 thoughts on “ALDF Offers $5,000 Reward in Monterey Horse Cruelty Case

  1. Lucy Andersen says:

    It’s sad that this innocent horse had to go through such neglect and pain. But I’m glad that the person or persons involved will be made to stand accountable.

  2. Peggy Hutchens says:

    I think these horrible people who abuse & abandon animals should be sent to prison & maybe receive some of the same treatment that they gave to these innocent sweet animals.

  3. Marcia Mueller says:

    Unfortunately, when such abusers are caught, they seldom receive the punishment they deserve. Too many people, including prosecutors and judges, do not take animal cruelty seriously.

  4. Connie says:

    Please stop this NOW!

  5. Linda says:

    Very sad for this poor horse. But what is even sadder for this poor horse is that the people involved will not be found and if they are, all the justice system is going to do is give them a lousy fine, slap on the wrist and they will be able to own more animals. I think this is horrible. The poor horse will have died in vain. Law enforcement needs to step up and start giving jail time for the horrendous animal cruelty that these poor animals suffer.

  6. heather says:

    This is so uncalled for if you cant take care of an animal don’t have one

  7. Louise Murray Rawls says:

    I fully agree with the serious comments stated above from feeling, caring woman! I find it most curious that men don’t seem to feel the same thoughts regarding animals as females do! What a shame that men do this, are mostly the ones that perpetrate these kind of crimes against our dearest friends, animals, like dogs, cats, horses, lambs, etc.!

  8. I really hope that the person or persons responsible for abandoning and injuring this horse should be punished to the utmost extent of the law. Other animals should be protected as well. linda kreuzburg

  9. Lynn J says:

    This is horrible! How can people do these things?

  10. margarita Clayton says:

    This is why straight forward laws need to exist along with the appropriate consequences, just as people have. Certain people should be barred from having animals. Many animal protections have come about, but much more are still needed. Our animals suffer in all aspects of life as farm & research animals.

  11. Denise says:

    Just like a woman can become a mother but not be a suitable “mom” any person may become a pet owner and an unsuitable owner. Because the laws, people and our society do not recognize that there is no difference in a life, we dismiss animals on all levels. A baby or child who is abused is as helpless as this horse. The owner should be prosecuted is the same manner.

  12. Jan says:

    I understand that recently a new law was passed in all lower states making animal abuse a felony – sure you can ck on this

  13. Ann Dahlin says:

    Horses are the type of animal where sometimes people have no idea of what they are getting themselves into when they purchase them. They are extremely expensive and not easy to care for properly.

    I’ve always thought that there should be horse “relinquishing” days where people can turn in unwanted horses to rescue orgs and humane societies and others willing to take them.

    On such designated days, there would be no questions asked and no names taken etc. It might help save other horses from this fate.

  14. Mariana Gaidanov says:

    I hope that, or those monsters to be found soon and to be punished!

  15. Mariana Gaidanov says:

    I think that it is important to be made a law which obligatorily everyone who buy an animal to show an identity document and to be registered.When people buy a gun, they have to be registered with the name and address.The same it has to be with the animals,too. And all the animals obligatorily must have a microchip.So who really wants a pet,small or big, they have to accept to be registered, and to put the microchip.So,if the animal will be abused, the owner’s identity is known.
    It has to be a way to stop this cruelties against animals!

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