The HSUS Offers Reward in Pomona, California Horse Cruelty Case

The Humane Society of the United States
Friday, 29 August 2003

The HSUS West Coast Regional Office is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suffering and near starvation of a horse who was abandoned and found in Chino Hills near Pomona, California earlier this month.

A report submitted by Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA's Humane Investigator Allie Jalbert stated that between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday August 16, a person or persons abandoned the 25+ year old Thoroughbred, gelding horse and left him for dead in an isolated location behind a horse training facility on Carbon Canyon Road and Canyon Hills Road in Chino Hills, California. Employees at the facility found the horse and immediately reported the incident to the SPCA, according to the report.

Local humane officer Heather Richmond was the first to arrive at the scene and reported that the horse was unable to stand, his eyes were sunken in and he was severely emaciated. A veterinarian summoned to the scene examined the horse and determined that he was approximately 500 pounds underweight, and was suffering. The veterinarian subsequently humanely euthanized him.

"It is unconscionable that any person would put an animal through such intense suffering," said Bob Reder, regional coordinator for The HSUS. "Someone was responsible for this animal and left him to die. We need the public's help to find the person or persons who committed this crime. It would be a mistake for this person to believe he or she can walk away from this crime unscathed. Animal cruelty is taken very seriously in California. We encourage anyone with information in this case to come forward."

Under California law, it is a crime to abandon an animal and to cause an animal needless suffering. Any person, who maliciously tortures a living animal, as through intentional starvation, could be subject to felony charges punishable by imprisonment in the state prison and or a fine of up to $20,000. Alternatively, that person could face imprisonment in county jail of up to one year and a $20,000 fine.

The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA are vigorously pursuing this case. Anyone with information about this case is asked to please contact Humane Officer Allie Jalbert at 909-623-9777 ext. 689.

The HSUS offers rewards through its Animals In Crisis (AIC) program, which responds when animals are the victims of cruelty or are threatened by disasters. The AIC program works on many fronts to protect animals at risk. Resources include assisting with investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases, professional training and consulting, posting rewards to bring animal cruelty offenders to justice, public educational outreach and Neighborhood Watch for Animals™.

The HSUS is the nation's largest animal protection organization with over seven million members and constituents. A mainstream voice for animals, The HSUS is active with programs in companion animals and equine protection; wildlife and habitat protection; animals in research and farm animals and sustainable agriculture. For nearly 50 years, The HSUS has protected all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy and fieldwork. The non-profit organization is based in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices across the country. The HSUS West Coast Regional Office serves California, Nevada and Hawaii.

For more information, or to contact The Humane Society of the United States, see their website at: www.hsus.org

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