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Case ID: 19350
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012

County: Sedgwick

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: John A. Brooks, DVM

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Sedgwick County veterinarian goes on trial Monday on charges of animal cruelty.

Doctor John Brooks is accused of not properly caring for the 71 thoroughbred horses he kept on his ranch southeast of Wichita.

Brooks has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges.

Local horse rescue groups say Dr. Brooks is a caring person, but bad health has hurt his practice, not earning him enough money to properly care for all the animals.

Now, they wait to see what the court does, hoping the horses will will be adopted out.

"They need to advertise it that these horses are in need and publicize it nationwide and possibly get an auction together maybe and auction these horses off to get them into other homes where they can be used for what they are," Lisa Allen of Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue says.

Allen says all of Brooks' horses can be rehabilitated and would make great pets and breeding stock. She says local horse rescue groups are already at capacity and strapped for money due to the high cost of hay.

Allen's greatest fear is that the horses will be auctioned for slaughter.

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When a Sedgwick County veterinarian could no longer care for dozens of horses, many feared they would have to be put down. But now, 49 of the horses have new homes.

Last month, Dr. John Brooks was accused of not properly caring for 71 horses kept on his ranch southeast of Wichita. He was charged with 71 code violations, but 61 were dismissed after he relinquished ownership to 61 horses.

Of the horses relinquished, 11 were returned to their rightful owners. The Winds Equine Rescue received the other 50 horses. Vic Mullen was able to find homes for 49 of the 50 so far.

Ten counts still stand against Dr. Brooks. He has another court date August 13. If the county is satisfied with the care of those 10 horses, the remaining charges will be dropped.
Source: kwch.com - Mar 21, 2012
Update posted on Mar 22, 2012 - 6:56PM 

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