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Case ID: 18801
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

County: Shoshone

Disposition: Not Charged
Case Images: 4 files available

Person of Interest: David Griffin

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Deputies in Shoshone County are investigating a case of animal cruelty in Pinehurst, Idaho.

Six horses are living tied to posts or trees around the clock. The horses are clearly neglected.

A neighbor says he's seen owner David Griffin primarily feed the horses bread piled up in the yard. The neighbor says he has notices they're getting skinnier.

Pan Handle Equine Rescue travels around North Idaho helping neglected and abused horses. Their president Tony Mangan and KREM 2 News' Cole Heath asked Griffin why the hoses are constantly tied up and so skinny.

He said "I tied them up so I can use the water and food as a bargaining chip to get to be friends with the horse and calm them down."

Griffin said he loves his horses and does feed them hay.

Investigators tell us they've charged Griffin at least twice with animal cruelty. Those charges were dismissed.

Idaho joins the Dakotas as the only states without strict animal cruelty laws.

Mangan says current laws for animal neglect carry a misdemeanor and a fine. Panhandle Equine Rescue is trying to change that. They've created an initiative to increase penalties for animal abuse such as making animal cruelty a felony with jail time for severe cases, and for repeat offenders.

Deputies say they will take a look at the horses we saw today and investigate.

Case Updates

Investigators are backing off an animal abuse case in North Idaho. The case involved six horses that appeared to be neglected just outside of Pinehurst.

When the case surfaced in November, officials from the Sheriff's Office said the horses' owner would face six counts of animal abuse, but it appears as though that will not happen due to Idaho law.

The horses look much different than they did one month ago. All six of them have put on weight and are no longer tied to posts all day and night. Hay can be seen on the property by the owner David Griffin. Last month, the horses all appeared to be malnourished and tied up.

Panhandle Equine Rescue President Tony Mangan came to check up on the horses Thursday. Even though they appear to be in better health, Mangan says he feels the horses are still in jeopardy. But neighbor Jerry Sharp says he has seen the conditions improve.

Owner David Griffin declined to comment to KREM 2 crews. Griffin has at least three past charges involving animals or animal cruelty. Several of those cases involved failure to dispose of a deceased animal. All of the charges were dismissed.

County Prosecutor Val Siegel says he cannot press misdemeanor charges due to state law, which states that a veterinarian has to find grounds for any charges or seizures first. This did not occur in this situation and no charges were filed.

Siegel says the case is still being monitored by the Sheriff's Office and by Panhandle Equine Rescue.
Source: - Dec 22, 2011
Update posted on Dec 22, 2011 - 9:19PM 


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