Horses and the Law

April 2011 - Posts

Who’s The Victim Here?

Animals are not people (although as I write this, our Dalmatian is lounging on the sofa, apparently engrossed in a golf tournament). But does this distinction mean that animals cannot be victims in a prosecution for animal neglect? Two years ago, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon executed a search warrant in response to an animal abuse/neglect complaint. Deputies seized 69 animals, including... Read More

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Not Just For Letters Anymore

It wasn’t fraud on a billion-dollar, Bernie Madoff scale, but it still was fraud. And Trina Lee Kenney got caught. When complaints about Kenney’s business practices started surfacing from irate horse buyers all across the United States and in Canada, the Feds started investigating. An FBI agent and a United States Postal Inspector acting undercover contacted Kenney about buying "Azure," a Friesian... Read More

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Caveat Emptor—And Everyone Else

"If the lying were stopped by law, the business of horse trading would come to an end . . ." This quote was lifted from an Opinion piece appearing in the New York Times more than a century ago. The article dealt with inflated circulation figures for newspapers and had nothing to do with horse sales, but it reflected the public perception of horse traders as shady characters. The writer might have overstated... Read More

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Failed Appeal

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court shot down the appeal of Ernest Paragallo’s animal cruelty conviction on March 31, apparently clearing the way for his return to prison. There’s nothing odd about that. Appeals are standard procedure following a criminal conviction and most appeals are denied. There are a couple of interesting twists, though. The first involves the issues raised... Read More

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Equine lawyers don’t sue horses—but what, exactly, do they do? And why does it matter? Horses and the Law brings you an in-depth look at the important legal issues affecting horse owners and exhibitors today, including liability, sales and bloodstock agents, contracts and other business concerns, taxes, the animal rights vs. animal welfare debate, and legislation. If you agree with something, or even if you don’t, feel free to comment. Just keep it tasteful. And remember that Horses and the Law does not—and cannot—address your specific legal problems, and is not a source of legal advice. For that, you should contact your own attorney.