Some neglected horses rescued - others not
of the compassion felt for helpless animals, several horses were
rescued after two Napoleon sisters contacted the Ripley County
Sheriffs Department as well as animal rights organizations
People Assisting Animals in Need (PAAIN) and the Indiana Horse
Rescue on Wednesday, March 17.
The horses became severely malnourished after their owners Brian
and Christina Grider, 7610 N. County Road 900W near Osgood, moved
away and apparently abandoned them in November of 2009.
Deputy Steve Sullivan was called to the residence on Tuesday,
March 16 when sisters Geneen Ostendorf and Gayla Crowell reported
a dead horse in the field. According to Ostendorf, she was tipped
off by a friend.
Upon further investigation, Deputy Sullivan and Ostendorf found
a mare that had died while trying to foal. According to Ostendorf,
a yearling horse was found next to the fence and had been covered
up with a tarp.
The remaining animals, a stud horse, two yearlings, two donkeys,
and three mares believed to be impregnated, were seized by the
sheriffs department in accordance with IC35-46-3-7 Cruelty
to an Animal after an initial on-site evaluation by a Certified
Equine Abuse Investigator.
According to Indiana Horse Rescue Representative Teresa Voltz,
the situation was brought to her attention two weeks prior to
the incident with the situation continuing to be monitored by
There was evidence of sporadic feeding, said Chief
Deputy David Pippin. He said the owners indicated there was a
caretaker to feed the horses.
The owners were first contacted in December of 2009 regarding
the condition of several dogs on the property. After several unsuccessful
attempts by the sheriffs department for a voluntary surrender,
seven adult dogs and three puppies were removed.
One dog needed to be euthanised due to severe neglect. The remaining
dogs were nursed back to health and have been successfully placed
in good homes due to the efforts of PAAIN and its volunteers.
According to Deputy Pippin, the horses will be taken to an undisclosed
location to be evaluated by a veterinarian. After recovery, the
horses will be available for adoption through Indiana Horse Rescue.
The Ripley County Sheriffs Department continues to investigate
with Deputy Sullivan and Deputy Pippin as lead investigators.
Criminal charges are pending due to review by the Ripley County
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident across Ripley
County, said Ostendorf. Anyone with information of similar
neglect, abandonment, or cruelty to animals are urged to contact
the Ripley County Sheriff at 812-689-5555 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Witnesses can remain anonymous if they wish.
For more information on Indiana Horse Rescue, visit www.indianahorserescue.com.
Pictured above Teresa Voltz, Indiana Horse
Rescue, observes a yearling and mare that died from apparent
neglect. BOTTOM, Geneen Ostendorf helps to corral the surviving
animals which will be taken to an undisclosed location for
rehabilitation and possible adoption.