Prosecutors to Seek More Serious Charges in Neglected Horses Case

Full story: WLTX Columbia

Prosecutors plan to ask a grand jury to indict a suspended state official and his mother on more serious felony animal cruelty charges for neglecting horses.
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Since: Apr 07

AOL

#1 Mar 4, 2008
Will this never end? How many more horses are they going to find. This is just plain sick. What the h___...
were these people doing all day when the horses needed watering and feeding?
I just do not understand how they could do this. May God forgive them someday
Curious

Myrtle Beach, SC

#2 Mar 4, 2008
I have one question for the Trexxlers:
WHY?
Why so many horses in different locations. If they couldn't feed them, why didn't they sell them at auction before letting them starve? Why?
Meow

Hartsville, SC

#3 Mar 4, 2008
Throw the book at them! Judging by their ability to keep their treatment of their horses hidden for so long in so many different counties, it is reasonable to suspect that there are other "hoarders" out there that could stand to learn a valuable lesson about what awaits them unless they improve the condition of their animals!
Suzanne

Sumter, SC

#4 Mar 4, 2008
For all the things these people have done to these poor, innocent animals I say the prosecutors need to go for the maximum sentence they can get. I have no sympathy for people who do this to children or animals. Lock them up and throw away the key.
Chees

West Columbia, SC

#5 Mar 4, 2008
Set an example..lock them up...throw away the key!
Pure Nonsense

Blythewood, SC

#6 Mar 4, 2008
These People need to get the max for what they have done to these poor animals. YES I am one of those crazy animal lovers as some view us. BUT come on if you have a heart you too have to admit that these poor horses have been tortured. Yes the price for hay is out the roof and hard to find but you do what you gotta do when you choose to own animals. If you cant give them what they need you do not need them. These people have been neglecting horses and animals for many long years and if they walk away from this with a slap on the hand they WILL BE BACK TO IT AGAIN AS SOON AS THE BIG NEWS STORY FADES AWAY!

DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS SAVE MANY MORE LIVES BY PUTTING THEM AWAY!!!!
shadow

Batesburg, SC

#7 Mar 4, 2008
Anyone with any common sense should have seen this coming. First of all look at the money that Richland and Sumter county have spent to investigate this, they almost have to come up with some sort of felony charges to justify the use of all the specialists and the vet care.
Secondly I would almost bet that the set of horses that they identified as coming out of Georgia has some sort of hindering justice charges and being that they were misdemeanors in Ga. they couldnt do anything about it . IMO when they moved them across state lines to avoid prosecution they had to violate either state or federal law.
I am glad that they have been caught and that it wasnt pushed by the side and forgot about.
As for unwanted horses and the sick that no one wants, there isnt enough room for all of them and has caused a overflow of breeds of all types, Which is probably why the most of the animal control units dont do much about the problem, I can show probably 20-30 horses withen 20 miles of my house that arent as healthy as (I) think they should be.

Phil
west columbia

AOL

#8 Mar 4, 2008
It is bad enough that a human being has to go hungry but they can at least try to find food. These poor animals were in a situation where there life depended on these STUPID people. To the Trexlers: I all of you burn in hell for what you have done to these helpless animals.
Pure Nonsense

Blythewood, SC

#9 Mar 4, 2008
west columbia wrote:
It is bad enough that a human being has to go hungry but they can at least try to find food. These poor animals were in a situation where there life depended on these STUPID people. To the Trexlers: I all of you burn in hell for what you have done to these helpless animals.
What you stated is VERY TRUE.... Thanks you for posting your thoughts!
Gail Flynn

Columbia, SC

#10 Mar 4, 2008
They ought to place them in a stable with no food or water for a long, long time. There is no penalty they will give them that can help those defenseless horses.
a ciitzen

Sumter, SC

#11 Mar 4, 2008
i hope these people get life in prison better yet do to them what they did to those poor horses, i would love to have them stay with me and i can promise you that when you see them again you will not reconize them dirt no good SOB:S!!!!
Cookie

Columbia, SC

#12 Mar 4, 2008
west columbia wrote:
It is bad enough that a human being has to go hungry but they can at least try to find food. These poor animals were in a situation where there life depended on these STUPID people. To the Trexlers: I all of you burn in hell for what you have done to these helpless animals.
AMEN!!!!!
Cookie

Columbia, SC

#13 Mar 4, 2008
I have a GREAT idea!!! Make glue out of the Trexlers!!! I get sick reading about these SICKO'S!! Some of the horses were so hungry, they had eaten the BARN!!! Misdemeanors???...h.ll NO...FELONY charges!!!
shirley

AOL

#14 Mar 7, 2008
and this is what we hired..they should lock all of them up and throw away the key
shirley

AOL

#15 Mar 7, 2008
because they had insurance on them..thats big money
Give them the max

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Mar 8, 2008
http://www.scstatehouse.net/CODE/t47c001.htm
SECTION 47-1-40. Ill-treatment of animals generally.
(A) Whoever knowingly or intentionally overloads, overdrives, overworks, ill-treats any animal, deprives any animal of necessary sustenance or shelter, inflicts unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal, or by omission or commission knowingly or intentionally causes these things to be done, for every offense is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment not exceeding sixty days or by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or both, for a first offense; by imprisonment not exceeding ninety days or by a fine not exceeding eight hundred dollars, or both, for a second offense; or by imprisonment not exceeding two years or by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, or both, for a third or subsequent offense. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a first offense under this subsection shall be tried in magistrate's or municipal court.
(B) Whoever tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon any animal or by omission or commission causes the acts to be done for any of the offenses is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars.
SECTION 47-1-70. Abandonment of animals; penalties
(A) A person may not abandon an animal. As used in this section "abandonment" is defined as deserting, forsaking, or intending to give up absolutely an animal without securing another owner or without providing the necessities of life. "Necessities of life" includes:
(1) adequate water which means a constant access to a supply of clean, fresh, and potable water provided in a suitable manner for the species;
(2) adequate food which means provision at suitable intervals of quantities of wholesome foodstuff suitable for the species and age, sufficient to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition to allow for proper growth and weight;
(3) adequate shelter which means shelter that reasonably may be expected to protect the animal from physical suffering or impairment of health due to exposure to the elements or adverse weather.
(B) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than two hundred nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. Offenses under this section must be tried in the magistrate's or municipal court.
SECTION 47-1-120.
When a person arrested is, at the time of the arrest, in charge of an animal, an agent of the South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or of any society incorporated for that purpose, may take charge of the animal and deposit the animal in a safe place of custody or deliver the animal into the possession of the police or sheriff of the county or place where the arrest was made, who shall assume the custody of the animal; and all necessary expenses incurred in taking charge of the animal shall be a lien thereon.
SECTION 47-1-170.
The owner or person having charge or custody of an animal cruelly used who is convicted of any violation of this chapter forfeits ownership, charge, or custody of the animal and at the discretion of the court, the person who is charged with or convicted of a violation of this chapter must be ordered to pay costs incurred to care for the animal and related expenses.
Give them the max

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Mar 8, 2008
I'll bet Trudge is actually Julie Trexler.
Terry already has felony convictions for extortion and blackmail. Even stealing $20,000 from a handicapped child. The mother is a habitual liar. She's already admitted to "ownership" of the horses. Then claims they belong to another relative.
Unfortunately, James is vested in the SC Retirement System. He can collect it at age 62, unless it's garnished.
Here's what the penalties are for their crimes. With the options available to the presiding judges, they can order their sentences to be served consecutively and not concurrently. The cases should be tried seperately in each county to ensure the punishments will be worse for each conviction.
Good luck getting your husband and his family out of this "Trudge," er Julie!
Trudge

Georgetown, SC

#18 Mar 8, 2008
Give them the max wrote:
I'll bet Trudge is actually Julie Trexler.
Terry already has felony convictions for extortion and blackmail. Even stealing $20,000 from a handicapped child. The mother is a habitual liar. She's already admitted to "ownership" of the horses. Then claims they belong to another relative.

Unfortunately, James is vested in the SC Retirement System. He can collect it at age 62, unless it's garnished.
Here's what the penalties are for their crimes. With the options available to the presiding judges, they can order their sentences to be served consecutively and not concurrently. The cases should be tried seperately in each county to ensure the punishments will be worse for each conviction.
Good luck getting your husband and his family out of this "Trudge," er Julie!
Not Julie, or anyone that even cares about the Trexlers. Sorry. What I care about is the rampant "kill them, beat them, starve them" comments from people who extend more rights to animals than they do to humans. The Trexler's potential punishment is is equal to that of someone who commits domestic battery against another human. Doesn't anyone think their is a disparity there?

BWG

“Cogito ergo sum”

Since: May 07

Irmo

#19 Mar 8, 2008
Trudge wrote:
<quoted text>
Not Julie, or anyone that even cares about the Trexlers. Sorry. What I care about is the rampant "kill them, beat them, starve them" comments from people who extend more rights to animals than they do to humans. The Trexler's potential punishment is is equal to that of someone who commits domestic battery against another human. Doesn't anyone think their is a disparity there?
You sure you're not EJF in drag? The family in this case needs to be charged and spend the next decade or two in jail. People who abuse animals in situations like this are criminally insane. Don't bother trying to equate this abuse with human abuse. I could care less about the Trexlers, let them hire an attorney, defend themselves, or whatever but they need to be brought to justice for their crimes.

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