2 state supreme court rulings on animal abuse make for harsher penalties (Video)

Starving horse

From: KMTR
By: Kat Wolcott

Starving horseEUGENE, Ore. — Two recent Oregon Supreme Court decisions are expanding animal rights. In one case, Judges ruled that animals could be considered victims. That could make for longer sentences for those who neglect or abuse their pets.

They also ruled in favor of a Douglas County Animal Control Deputy, who took a malnourished horse from a house before getting a search warrant.

Deputy Lee Bartholomew decided the starving mare, named Grace, might not survive long enough for him to obtain the warrant.

Darla Clark helped to nurse the animal back to health, and remembers the first time she saw grace.

“Grace was the most sad, visually sad case and the worst physical shape of anything we’ve ever seen,” said Clark.

Grace’s owners, Linda Fessenden and Teresa Dicke, argued in court that the horse was a piece of property, adding that Deputy Bartholomew should have gotten a search warrant.

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled in favor of Deputy Bartholomew’s actions, calling the horse’s condition exigent circumstances, meaning she was in dire need of care.

Clark says that with enough food, plenty of love, and grace’s sassy attitude, the animal was nursed back to health.

“You cannot break the law in your front yard – in front of anybody passing by – and think that you have the right to break the law just because you’re on your own property. You can’t do something so blatant and expect to get away with it,” said Clark.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
6 Comments
  • arlene

    A Huge bravo !!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2014
  • GOOD, THESE ANIMALS NEED US TO LOOK OUT FOR THEM!! THE OWENERS NEED TO HAVE A HARSHER PENALITY, WHEN THEY KNOW THE HORSE WAS STANDING OUT IN THE YARD HUNGER!!!!!

    August 24, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    I agree completely with Arlene! Piece of property, I don’t think so. Really good news about the Court rulings. Its about time each individual case of abuse was charged!

    August 24, 2014
  • LNorman

    Hope these common sense rulings spread to other states. Huge progress for Oregon!

    August 25, 2014
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    I have seen many abused and neglected and starved horses come into the Habitat, including Jeb; but I have never seen one as thin as this poor sweet mare. I hope whoever did this fries in hell.

    August 25, 2014
  • arlene

    if common sense is used in all dealings , results are the best they can be !!!!!!! Bravo for common sense……………….

    August 26, 2014