A spokesman for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says “charges will be filed soon” against a woman accused of abusing her horses.
The group has been investigating Monica Thors since August 2013. Thors is a one-time harness racing trainer and runs the 501(c)(3) organization, Monica Thors Animal Rescue Inc. The allegedly abused horses were removed from the property on Tuesday.
“This is a complicated case,” says Matt Stanton, NJ SPCA spokesman. Making the case a challenge are the multiple agencies involved and making preparations for the horses if they are removed, Stanton tells Rate My Horse PRO.
The NJ Department of Agriculture began the investigation early last year but turned it over to the SPCA. The NJDA does not have the ability to file charges.
Horse lovers are outraged by photos that have surfaced of alleged abuse at the hands of Thors and what some are calling inaction on the part of authorities.
“We are aware of the inhumane treatment of Standardbreds owned by Monica Thors, and we have used our contacts in state government to push for actions to remove the horses from her,” said Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento.
“We are shocked and incensed that the mistreatment of these horses has been ongoing and the issues unresolved despite previous interventions by state agencies.”
Stay with Rate My Horse PRO as we continue to follow this developing story.