Horse sues ex-owner for $100000 after neglect

Elias Hubbard
May 4, 2018

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit in OR on behalf of Justice against Gwendolyn Vercher, 51, OregonLive reported Thursday. He will require special medical care for the rest of his life, the suit said.

The suit claims that OR law and legal precedent has established that a horse is a 'sentient being, ' and can be 'the victim of the crime-an animal entitled to statutory protection'.

At the time of his rescue he was known as Shadow. It would be controlled by the horse's current guardian, attorney Sarah Hanneken told OregonLive. Justice's penis appears to be permanently damaged and no longer functions as it should.

"Oregon courts recognize both that animals are victims and that victims have a right to sue their abusers", the suit claims. "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".

On July 10, 2017, Gwendolyn Vercher pleaded guilty to first-degree animal neglect and agreed to cover the expenses incurred by Sound Equine Options with the horse's medical care, prior to July 6, 2017.

She is to complete 96 hours of community service within a year and has been prohibited from owning pets for five years. The horse was removed from her property in March 2017, the publication said. She paid some $3,700 in restitution.

The lawsuit isn't the first to go to court with an animal involved. They sought "legal personhood" for the chimp who they felt was being brutally abused in a trailer in NY.

It's not every day you hear about horses taking humans to court, but in states like Oregon this sort of thing has been possible ever sing 2014 when the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that animals can be victims of crime and have legally protected rights.

In 2011, the monkey snapped images of itself and became a viral hit.

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