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100 plus horses rescued in Ventura

October 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A family in Ventura has been arrested for neglecting more than 100 horses.One of the horses trampled a member of the U.S. Forest Service in an attempt to get them into a trailer.

"We have one horse that is a leader horse and she just didn't have any care that people were standing there trying to stop her," said Jolene Hoffman, Humane Society. "We could not get out of the way fast enough. She could not get out of the way fast enough so unfortunately she was hurt."

The U.S. Forest Service employee may have suffered a concussion. While volunteers with the Humane Society, Ventura County sheriff's deputies and Animal Control were corralling the horses into trailers a group of veterinarians were examining them.

There were more than 100 horses on the property and there was not a healthy one in the bunch.

"The really skinny ones are going to take months. Probably up to six months to get them into a normal condition. A lot of the dominant ones will come around very quickly," said Dr. Marta Granstedt.

Late last month the Humane Society came back to the ranch and took away more than a dozen horses. One had to be euthanized.

Volunteers returned Wednesday with deputies. The deputies arrested 65-year-old Joan Bor, her son Ernie and his wife Cecela.

"They are facing cruelty to animal charges. The section deals with more of a neglect type issue which we have here," said Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Ventura County Sheriff's Department. "A lot of the horses are emaciated as you know. It is arrestable and prosecutable with either a felony or a misdemeanor. We have arrested the individuals for the felony -- the bail is $10,000."

 

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