A horse trainer turned Washington animal-sex farm operator is banned from owning dogs and must serve three months jail time. Douglas Spink accepted a plea deal last week in Whatcom County.
Spink accepted a plea deal that keeps him from owning dogs again in the state of Washington. By admitting to one count of animal cruelty, he was supposed to be spared jail time as a part of the deal. When Spink entered his plea before Judge Charles Snyder, the judge ordered Spink to also serve 90-days in jail.
The one-time-trainer of the Holsteiner show jumping stallion Capone I was charged with three-counts of first degree animal cruelty in 2012. The charges stem from a 2010 raid on a compound located near Sumas. The findings described as “bizarre” by authorities, included videos of men having sex with Spink’s dogs. Dogs, horses, and mice were seized from the property. Rescues rehabbed the animals from the abuses they endured.
Spink was charged with violating the terms of his probation stemming from a 2005 drug trafficking conviction for smuggling $34 million worth of cocaine across the border. The violation landed him in prison for an additional three-years and two more years of probation.
Spink was on probation when he was found in early 2014 to be violating multiple conditions of his release. He was teaching riding lessons at a stable and had possession of a horse seized during the raid in 2010. He alsohad a dog, resided at a non-approved residence, volunteered at Compass Road Farms, which placed him in direct contact with animals, and owned computers with internet access.
Spink was sentenced to prison in May for 9 months. He was released on December 4th from federal custody. Now that he is released, he is not on probation after a judge and his probation officer deemed ongoing supervision “futile and an ineffective use of limited judicial resources.”
Spink is scheduled to begin his 90-day jail sentence in January.
Excessive use of whip Update June 8, 2017 The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal finds Irish show jumping rider Kevin Thornton guilty of horse abuse. It comes after the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Flogas Sun... Read More
ISPMB’s Herd Allowed up to 40 Horses South Dakota officials reached a settlement with the operator of the purported charity International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB). The disposition allow... Read More
“She’s dead anyway” Pennsylvania authorities are investigating the death of a horse at New Holland Sales Stables. Individuals described as “kill buyers” allegedly kicked the down horse’s f... Read More
South Dakota authorities announced the new auction location for horses seized from purported mustang sanctuary operator Karen Sussman. It comes after Philip Livestock Auction received threats making a change of venue to Fait... Read More
Animal welfare issue A South Dakota prosecutor confirms no charges will be filed against a wild horse sanctuary operator accused of neglecting hundreds of horses. At least 30 horses allegedly died due to Karen Sussman’... Read More
20 Graves with bones protruding through dirt: Authorities Texas authorities seized more than 45 horses Tuesday from a woman claiming to operate a Thoroughbred horse rescue in Hill County. The Hill County Sheriff’s Depa... Read More
A South Dakota judge authorized the impoundment of at least 650 wild horses from Karen Sussman Tuesday. She operates the feigned charity International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB).... Read More
Claims of more than 30 wild horses dying horrific starvation deaths fall upon the South Dakota charity International Society for the Protection of Mustang and Burros. WARNING: This article contains graphic images and video. ... Read More
The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine confirms a horse has tested positive for the neurologic form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1). The barrel racer is being euthanized. Officials said the horse h... Read More
Update A Thoroughbred mare believed to have had her lip tattoo cut out has been identified by DNA testing. The Jockey Club provided DNA testing revealing the mare’s name is Annabel Lee. She is an 8-year-old Florida ... Read More
Horse welfare proponents are fighting to get help for horses at a Canadian stable that bills itself as an equine sanctuary. Although, the Ontario SPCA said late last week the remaining horses are in “improved overal... Read More
Former Olympic hopeful turned criminal after the insurance horse killings, George Lindemann, Jr., appears in the DNC WikiLeaks emails. Do you know the players involved in the horse killing insurance scheme that still walk am... Read More