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Friday, January 2, 2015

3 horses rescued, 2 charged with animal cruelty

3  horses rescued, 2 charged with animal cruelty

By Chuck Biedka
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Apache, a brown-and-white gelding, lay in a Armstrong County field literally wasting away from malnutrition.

His condition was such that the only humane thing was for a Gilpin police officer to put a bullet in his head in November.

“He was laying on the ground trying to get up. He was too weak. He whinnied and kicked, but couldn't get up. The humane thing to do was end his suffering,” Humane officer Penny Dewoehrel said. “The police officer didn't want to do it, but he had to.”

Township police are accusing Glenn Roush, 41, and Sara J. Ritter, 43, both of 1155 Lovers Leap Road, Gilpin, of not properly feeding Apache and three other horses left in their care. The other three survived and are improving under veterinary care.

Roush and Ritter each await eight counts of animal cruelty. Hearings are scheduled next month in Leechburg.

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2 comments :

Denise said...

Not only should Roush & Ritter be charged, but the owner of the horses should be charged too!

Would you leave your children with a caregiver and never check on them?

All three of them are guilty of animal abuse!

Please let us know where we can send a donation to help Sharon Long and Linda Alworth care for these horses.

Thank you.

Humans First, Animals Second said...

Don't get me wrong, animal cruelty is wrong, but why is the punishment more severe to hurt an animal than it is a human being?