Horseowner cited for 16 counts of cruelty to animals
The Kaua'i Humane Society said it seized 16 horses in emaciated and dehydrated condition from a property off Maalo Road on Sunday after investigating calls from people concerned about "skinny" horses, the Garden Island newspaper reported.
Lara Butler-Brady, owner of Keapana Horsemanship, was issued citations for 16 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals, each count a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
"This is the largest cruelty case involving this many horses I know of in recent Hawai'i," said Kaua'i Humane Society executive director Dr. Rebecca Rhoades, who is a veterinarian.
Rhoades spent most of Monday personally caring for many of the horses at the KHS Puhi shelter.
"They are all doing OK. We are starting then slow with small amounts of food several times a day in addition to pasture," Rhoades said.
Seized were four stunted, emaciated yearlings, four emaciated adult horses, two emaciated ponies, five very thin adult horses and one very thin adult pony, Rhoades said. All the horses are in protective custody, some at a private pasture and others at the humane society.