Vigorous sentence on horse case deserved [UPDATED]Published 4:34am Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Updated 6:36am Tuesday, September 3, 2013
On August 28, 2013, Otter Tail District Court Judge Waldemar B. Senyk sentenced one of the defendants in the Vergas, Minnesota criminal horse neglect case to one (1) year in prison. The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition applauds both Judge’s Senky’s vigorous sentencing in this case and Otter Tail County Attorney David Hauser and his office for pressing charges in the first instance.
Too many times humans inflict the unthinkable on horses — they hoard, they neglect, for years on end, without repercussion, without remorse, without apology. This case, like so many others, exemplifies the inexcusable failures on the part of certain horse owners to provide for their horses most basic needs.
We hope that the sentencing and disposition of this one defendant in Otter Tail County serves as a guide for responsible horse owners and others in law enforcement, who shoulder so much of the responsibility for ensuring that justice is served for horses and individuals are held accountable for repeated practices of animal neglect and abuse.