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☛ Oregon horse sues former owner for neglect 8-23-18

OREGON HORSE SUES FORMER OWNER FOR $100,000 CITING NEGLECT

 

IF SUCCESSFUL, THE CASE WILL BE FIRST TO ESTABLISH ANIMALS LEGAL RIGHTS TO SUE THEIR ALLGED ABUSERS IN COURT

 

Reprint from The Oregonian/Oregon Live
By Everton Bailey Jr.
ebailey@oregonian.com
May 4, 2018

 

Justice, an AQHA horse emaciated from months of little food or shelter. His owner was later convicted of animal neglect and now the horse is being represented in a lawsuit against the ex-guardian seeking damages for pain and suffering. (Animal Legal Defense Fund photo)

A horse is suing his former Washington County owner for $100,000 in damages in a rare case in which an animal is listed as a plaintiff in legal action against its guardian.

 

The Animal Legal Defense Fund in Portland has filed suit against former owner Gwendlyn Vercher, 51, of Cornelius on behalf of the horse. Justice, an 8-year-old AQHA horse is seeking damages for negligence that left him 300 pounds underweight and afflicted with lice, a skin infection and damaged genitals from severe frostbite, according to the lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court. He will require special medical care for the rest of his life, the suit said.

 

Justice, formerly known as Shadow when he lived with Vercher, was removed from the Cornelius property in March 2017 and now lives at a horse rescue in Troutdale.

 

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Sarah Hanneken, one of the attorneys representing the horse in the case, said state case law has shown animals have legally protected rights. She said Justice should be allowed to recover the costs of damages for pain and suffering, just as a human victim would.

 

 

“The Oregon legislature clearly established an anti-cruelty statute for the safety and protection of animals,” she said. “Victims of crimes can sue their abusers and animals are sentient beings that are recognized as victims under Oregon law. So with that premise, we’ve come to the conclusion that animals can sue their abusers and we’re confident of our stance in this case.”

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One Comment

  1. Ah Ha, Maybe now these people who neglect will have something else to worry about. This would be great if the horse wins this suit. There are so many disgusting people in this world. People that opt to neglect animals should be treated accordingly, this is probably the best way for anything to sink into their pea sized brains.

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