Horse Cruelty Info
Title 18, Section 5511
The Henneke Body Scoring Chart is accepted in court as a scientific method of scoring a horse's body condition. It is used successfully in court to prove neglect.
Horse Cruelty Cases
Horse Cruelty at Auctions
PA State Police arrest horse dealer at PA horse auction
PA Cruelty Law at New Holland, PA Auction
Down and bleeding inside a trailer with Maine license plates at a New Holland, PA auction. Reportedly the horse later died. No charges were ever filed. Blood was pooling on the ground under and outside the trailer.
Down Belgian was down all day at a PA horse auction. Several bystanders attempted to get the horse to rise. A vet was never called...
Severely foundered mare's face reveals the pain she is feeling. Mare was found down on a truck at a New Holland auction. Blood oozed from her coronary bands.
All Had Broken Legs & were Hidden on A Trailer
Debiltated Horses Sold At New Holland!
Remember what Dr. Temple Grandin, Department of
" The New Holland sale will not accept horses that are severely lame or in very poor condition. "
This paint pony estimated to be in his 20's was sold at a PA horse auction.
According to the
"Selling or using disabled horse.--A person commits a summary offense if he offers for sale or sells any horse, which by reason of debility, disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or used without violating the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads, rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except that of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for medical or surgical treatment. "
It is obvious that this pony is in no condition
to be worked. He is at the most a "2" on the Henneke
Body Scoring Condition Chart.
All of his his ribs are prominent. His tailhead is prominent. His shoulder,withers and neck are more than "faintly discernible. It remains to be seen whether or not charges of animal cruelty will be filed against the owner of this pony.
This pony went through the auction, not once, but twice! This pony was sold 2 times in one month at the same auction. Where was the PA SPCA?
If this pony is not in "very poor condition",
then what is a horse in very poor condition??
Being old is no excuse for being emaciated. This
pony is not sick, the results of blood tests
haven proven he is not sick.
His resting heart rate was 100.
Normal resting heart rate is 36 to 40.
His respiration was 48.
Normal respiration at rest is 8-16 breaths.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure
out that this horse is in distress.
The EPN contacted the New Holland Police Department, NHPD, regarding these two debiltated horses due to the fact that the PA SPCA agent present at the New Holland Sale was not recorded in Lancaster County, PA on the date these horses were sold at the New Holland Sales Stables.
The EPN was present at Double D Rescue, Bethel, PA when the veterinarian was the examining the horses. The EPN instructed the vet regarding the evidence that needed to be collected to successfully prosecute a horse cruelty case. The EPN also made the vet aware of the wording of the PA Anti-Cruelty Law, Title 18, Section 5511(d), as he was unaware that a possible crime had been committed. The EPN also asked the vet if he would be willing to testify in court to the condition of these horses. The vet confirmed to the EPN and later to the NHPD that he was indeed willing to testify in court.
The New Holland Police Department filed charges against Rick Sterling, Wellsboro, PA for transporting the palomino gelding to the sale in New Holland, PA.
Mr. Sterling pled guilty to one count of cruelty to animals, Title 18, 5511(d). New Holland District Justice Hartman fined Mr. Sterling $50.00 plus costs, for a total of $125.00.
In June 2001 Debbie Polasek, of Double D Equine Rescue in Bethel, PA, who purchased the palomino gelding defended the actions of the PA SPCA agent in a message posted on the Carpe Diem Message Board:
" I'm sorry but I know for a fact that Pennell was going to file charges for Cheyenne and Apache but someone jumped in, before researching or collecting evidence, and went and called the police and bugged them until (according to an officer I talked to) they got sick of hearing her and pressed the charges to shut her up."
The EPN filed a complaint with the New Holland Police Department, NHPD. The NHPD discharged their duty as they are sworn to do. The defendant was convicted. How much more proof is needed to demonstrate that a crime was committed and that the NHPD filed charges due to the fact that a CRIME was committed, not because the officer needed to "shut her up."
On what basis is Ms. Polasek basing her confidence that charges would have been filed?