Horse Cruelty Under Investigation by Humane Society of Huron Valley

Eighteen horses removed from a boarding facility in Salem Township.

HSHV is investigating a large-scale animal cruelty case on a horse boarding facility in Salem Twp. There are over 60 horses on the property and nearly 20 have been neglected. Two horses have been found dead, apparently starved to death. Nine animals were removed from the property. Many of the horses are seriously underfed and in desperate need of veterinary care. We are looking at the potential of prosecuting 3 different owners.

"This is a terrible sight to see. Starving to death in the cold is a horrible way for these noble creatures to die. This will be a costly case and challenging in terms of ongoing care of the animals. Michigan's economy has been very difficult on horses because they are so expensive to care for and even if you wanted to sell or give away your horse, nobody's taking them right now because of the costs involved," said Matt Schaecher, Director of Animal Cruelty Investigation at HSHV.

Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV Executive Director, said, "This case is also an important reminder to our community that our obligation towards animals goes way beyond housing of stray dogs—in stark contrast to how County Commissioners understand that role. Animal cruelty is a state law that must be and should be enforced, no matter the species of animal. Horse cruelty is a sad and growing problem in Michigan, one of several cases in Washtenaw County over the last few years. Though clearly a legal obligation, HSHV's animal cruelty investigation and rescue department is paid for solely by donations. It saves taxpayer dollars and provides an invaluable service to our community."

If you would like, you can make a donation to our Cruelty & Rescue department to help offset the cost of the investigation.

The following video was taken by WXYZ last night:


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