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FL Stable Owner Guilty of Child Molestation

FL Stable Owner Guilty of Child Molestation, Battery

A jury found a Florida stable owner guilty of seven counts including child molestation and battery Saturday. Loomes Wheeler, Jr. faced nine felony counts of rape and sexual abuse....
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Veterinarians Plead Guilty to Drugging Horses at Penn National

Veterinarians Plead Guilty to Drugging Horses at Penn National

Four veterinarians pleaded guilty to federal charges this week for illegally administrating drugs to racehorses on race day at Penn National Race Track. The defendants' guilty pleas are a part of a plea deal with federal ...
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Criminal Charges Filed Against Monica Thors for Horse Cruelty

Criminal Charges Filed Against Monica Thors for Horse Cruelty

A New Jersey rescue operator is facing two criminal charges after being accused of abusing her horses. Seven horses were seized from Monica Thors....
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Two Horses Seized from Monica Thors Euthanized

Two Horses Seized from Monica Thors Euthanized

Two horses seized from a New Jersey rescue operator facing animal cruelty charges have been euthanized, according to an official. Seven horses were removed from Monica Thors's custody on Tuesday....
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DOT Orders Shut Down of Horse Transporter

Slaughter Horse Hauler Sentenced for Violating FMCSA Order

A commercial horse hauler from Tennessee has been sentenced for violating an out-of-service order. The owner and operator of Terri's Farm, Theresa Vincent, appeared in U.S. District Court late last month to learn her p...
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Chiacchia Ordered to Wear GPS Monitoring Device

Judge Sets March Trial for Darren Chiacchia

Three-day eventer Darren Chiacchia appeared in a Florida court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing. Judge Hale Stancil scheduled a March trial in the criminal case....
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Brett Knight Pleads Not Guilty to Horse Trainer's Murder

Ross Reisner's Killer Pleads Guilty

A former fugitive pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murdering a New York horse trainer and wounding his partner. He was sentenced in February 2015....
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Murdered Equine Veterinarian Emily Champion

Ryan Champion Appears with New Attorney, Pleads Not Guilty

The Kentucky man accused of killing his equine veterinarian sister, Emily Champion, DVM, parents, and a fourth individual entered a not-guilty plea at his arraignment Wednesday....
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Beth Hoskins Convicted of Animal Cruelty

Judge Denies Stay, Beth Hoskins Headed to Jail

Convicted horse abuser Beth Hoskins was to check in with officials, Friday at 5PM, after a judge denied a stay of her sentence....
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Florida Farrier Arrested in $1 Million Property Scheme

Florida Farrier Arrested in $1 Million Property Scheme

A Florida farrier and his wife were arrested this week after they allegedly used fake documents to try to claim ownership of a foreclosed home worth more than $1 million....
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Horse Trainer Bound Over in Soring Case

Horse Trainer Bound Over in Soring Case, Charge Dismissed against Farrier

A Tennessee judge found probable cause in the soring case against a horse trainer. Randall Gunter worked for Wheelon Stables when it was raided by officials in early 2013....
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Skin and Bones Dual Peppy

Sherri Brunzell Enters Not Guilty Plea to Horse Cruelty

A Colorado horse breeder charged with neglecting her horses was back in court Wednesday. Sherri Brunzell pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to animals....
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Arraignment Rescheduled for California Horse Trainer Charged in Horses' Deaths

Aron Jacques Pleads Not Guilty to Horse Cruelty Charges

A California horse trainer accused of starving multiple horses to death pleaded not guilty to nine counts of animal cruelty on Monday....
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Charges Recommended in California Horses' Deaths

California Horse Trainer Ordered to Stand Trial in Horses' Deaths

A California judge ordered hunter/jumper trainer Aron Jacques to stand trial for multiple counts of felony animal cruelty....
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Mark Arballo Charged with Animal Cruelty in Reining Horse Death

Prosecution Bites Arballo, Adds Second Horse Abuse Charge

A second animal abuse charge has been filed in California against Mark Arballo stemming from his alleged maltreatment of the mare, Bella Gunnabe Gifted....
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DOT Orders Shut Down of Horse Transporter

Slaughter Horse Hauler Dorian Ayache Shipping to Prison

A slaughter horse hauler from Tennessee has been sentenced to prison for violating a Department of Transportation regulation. Dorian Ayache, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty in 2014 to knowingly failing to maintain a current d...
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Rebecca Housley Jailed for Alleged Maltreatment of Horses

Rebecca Housley Jailed for Alleged Maltreatment of Horses

A South Carolina farm owner was arrested Friday. Former College of Charleston riding instructor, Susan Rebecca Housley, is accused of neglecting her horses for a second time. She is charged with two counts of ill treat...
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Former AQHA Breeder Charged with Neglect in Oklahoma

Former AQHA Breeder Charged with Neglect in Oklahoma, 18 Horses Dead

Eighteen horses were found dead on the Oklahoma farm of a former American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) breeder on Saturday. Dan McWilliams, of Muskogee, is in jail without bond on 23 counts of animal cruelty, acc...
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Reining horse Bella Gunnabe Gifted

Arballo Ordered to Stand Trial for Felony Horse Abuse

A California judge ordered Mark Arballo to stand trial for felony animal abuse on Monday. The charge stems from the death of the reining horse, Bella Gunnabe Gifted....
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Ryan Champion pleads guilty to killing his sister Emily Champion, DVM and their parents.

Second Suspect Indicted in Equine Vet's Murder

A female suspect was arrested Wednesday after being indicted by a Trigg County grand jury in connection with the murder of equine vet Emily Champion, DVM and her parents. Ann Plotkin is charged with three counts of com...
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Ryan Champion pleads guilty to killing his sister Emily Champion, DVM and their parents.

Second Defendant Enters Not Guilty Plea in Emily Champion, Family Murder

A second defendant entered a not guilty plea to three counts of complicity to commit murder in a Kentucky court Friday. The charges stem from Ann Plotkin's alleged connection to the murder of equine veterinarian Emily Ch...
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Skin and Bones Dual Peppy

Sherri Brunzell Horse Abuse Trial Delayed

The trial of a Colorado quarter horse breeder accused of animal cruelty has been delayed. Sherri Brunzell appeared in court on Friday....
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More Charges Expected in Oklahoma Horse Abuse Case

More Charges Expected in Oklahoma Horse Abuse Case

Two more sick and weak horses have died after being seized from an Oklahoma horse breeder. The equines were among a herd of 86 removed by authorities from rancher Dan McWilliams, of Muskogee, just over a week ago....
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Sex Abuse Trial Begins for Arizona Riding Instructor

Sex Abuse Trial Begins for Arizona Riding Instructor

An Arizona horseback riding instructor accused of molesting female riding students is standing trial, again. Ralph Carr is accused of fondling a former student's breasts when she was 11-years-old....
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