PA Horse Auction Convicted of Cruelty
Equine Protection Network
PAMiddleburg Livestock Auction, Route 522 in Franklin Township
Snyder County was found guilty on four counts of horse cruelty for
offering for sale four horses that were emaciated and lame, illegal
under PA anti cruelty laws. Title 18, Section 5511(d). District
Justice John T. Robinson fined the auction $200.00 on each count
plus court costs. In addition the Judge ordered the horses forfeited
to the PA SPCA.
The PA SPCA filed the charges after removing the 4 horses from the
auction on June 29, 2002.
full time equine vet testified that it would be cruel to work or
use the horses due to their emaciated condition on June 29,2002,
the day the horses were offered for sale.All 4 horses were scored
less than a 3 on the Henneke Body Scoring Condition Chart by the
vet and the 2 PA SPCA Humane Society Police Officers. Henneke Body
Scoring Condition Chart: http://www.equineprotectionnetwork.com/cruelty/henneke.htm
Middleburg Livestock Auction has 30 days to appeal the conviction.
The Middleburg Livestock Auction is under new ownership and has
stated their intention to comply with the law.
this year PA Department of Agriculture released an educational brochure,
Fit to Sale. The brochure is NOT the law, rather it contains guidelines
to educate the public regarding the condition of horses offered
for sale in PA. The law applies to the sale of ALL horses, not just
those sold at auction. The brochure can be viewed online at:
PA Anti Cruelty law is in the PA Crimes Code and is enforced by
police officers and Humane Society Police Officers.
local news media has been covering this case.
Title 18, Section 5511(d)
or using disabled horse.--A person commits a summary offense if
he offers for sale or sells any horse, which by reason of debility,
disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or
used without violating the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads,
rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except
that of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate
facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for medical or