Warrant issued for owner of horses in fatal Wadsworth accident

Lake County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the owner of dozens of Belgian draft horses involved in a trailer accident that killed 18 of the animals. Full Story
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Skinny

Brighton, MA

#66 Jan 6, 2008
Sure, the owner can transport his horses wherever he wants to. But letís give him the same inhumane treatment: for the journey: Letís say that Mr. Tongen is 6í2Ē, and heíll only be able to stand for the whole trip, and heíll have to maintain his balance while standing up, and everybody else is jostling him around as theyíre trying to balance too. And donít forget that the ceilingís say, 18Ē shorter than he is tall but he canít do anything but stand. Oh, and the commute is 29 hours long. Thatís quite the pain in the neck, isnít it, Mr. Tongen? Some might call it torture. The rest of us, and the DA, call it inhumane and cruel. And it needs to stop.
Support AHSPA S.311 and HR 503, the horse slaughter prevention act. Call your reps and senators in Washington and get this bill passed.
anonymous

United States

#67 Jan 6, 2008
i know the trucker and i know for a fact he wouldn't intentionally harm these horses..i think they are being a bit harsh on him.
Smoke in the mirrors

Kasson, MN

#68 Jan 6, 2008
What laws did Mr. Tongen break??? As reported and still can not be found different, these were not slaughter horses. Where is the regulation/law which states that these horses can not be transported in a double decker??? If they try to prosecute what are they going to go on??? Somebody's idea of what is humane. The only problem with that is that we can all have our own opinions of what is humane, and my guess is mine doesn't match with most of yours. Where are the set standards? If there are some, I would love to see them. So good luck to you...good luck with your conviction if you try, but to me it looks like smoke in the mirrors.
Anderson

Auburn Hills, MI

#69 Jan 7, 2008
Well have you heard what happened in court today? The court did not find any warrants issues to James Anderson. All charges were dropped for James and the Owner of the horses today in court. The person in the vehicle that swirved in front of the truck did not show up in court. He thanked James for what he did, because if he didn't swirve he might have killed him. What should he have done killed people or a few horses?
Perfect

Kasson, MN

#70 Jan 7, 2008
Anderson,
Where did you hear that all charges were dropped for both? I heard that the traffic violation was dropped, but haven't heard about the others. Do you know if it is listed somewhere? I have a personal interest in this matter. If they haven't been yet, I'm sure they will be in the future. Thanks!!!
Anderson wrote:
Well have you heard what happened in court today? The court did not find any warrants issues to James Anderson. All charges were dropped for James and the Owner of the horses today in court. The person in the vehicle that swirved in front of the truck did not show up in court. He thanked James for what he did, because if he didn't swirve he might have killed him. What should he have done killed people or a few horses?
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Auburn Hills, MI

#71 Jan 8, 2008
I personally know that the charges for the citations against James were dismissed in court yesterday. But, no one can find true warrants that were issued to these two men. Was this just media hype? Lake county knows of no such warrants. Who created this story, and did Chicago Tribune investigate these warrants before printing these stories? These two men deserve huge appologies and explanations!!!!!!!!!!
kellym

AOL

#72 Jan 8, 2008
It seems to me this unfortunate and tragic accident has now turned into a Salem Witch Trial. Based on the law at the time of the accident, the use of the double decker was legal as these horses were headed to a horse auction and there is no evidence found otherwise. It is a sad situation that will undoubtablly be made worse by organizations like the Humane Society. There are horrible accidents on our highways everyday, too bad they all don't get the attention this one will continue to get.
Carkale-DFW

Englewood, CO

#73 Jan 16, 2008
Nail them to the wall.

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