Justice for Horses Allegedly On Brink of Starvation

Target: Travis Ahner, County Attorney for Flathead County, MT

Goal: Prosecute woman accused of nearly starving 17 horses to death to the fullest extent.

A horse owner is due in court on several charges of aggravated animal cruelty. Authorities discovered 17 reportedly starving horses at pastures around a Montana county. All of the horses apparently belonged to the same woman.

Wardens on the scene reported that the horses were “in very poor condition” and “in various stages of starvation.” At least one horse may have passed away. The horses are now under the care of rescuers and are regaining their strength. Their previous caretaker, whose name was not disclosed, was charged with several counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

Sign the petition below to help ensure this woman faces maximum punishment if she is found guilty.


Dear Mr. Ahner,

If an animal caretaker fails to provide “food and water of sufficient quantity and quality to sustain the animal’s normal health” or “in cases of immediate, obvious, serious illness or injury, licensed veterinary or other appropriate medical care,” then that person is guilty of animal cruelty under Montana state law. A horse owner in Flathead County allegedly committed these very offenses no less than 17 times. Authorities recently discovered several pastures populated by this woman’s horses.

According to warden reports, these horses were “in various stages of starvation” and “in very poor condition.” The woman’s apparent admission that she lacked money to feed the horses seemingly indicates her guilt. If she is indeed found guilty, please do not let punishment end with a mere fine.

Living beings suffered. They deserve justice, and their accused abuser deserves the maximum allowable jail sentence.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rodolfo Quiros


  1. 17 counts of attempted murder using torture. Each charge needs to carry a minimum of 20 years. Lock her up for 340 years, no parole. Fair is fair.

  2. Myrna Burdick says:

    People, think about this woman’s reported situation. Horse ownership is an expensive endeavor. Which of her neighbors offered to help? I am by no means finding her guiltless, but
    if you all feel so badly, where were you when you saw the condition of her horses? Was the Humane Society/ Animal Control
    notified and did they do an investigation as to her lack of money? WHAT did she do to find the means to feed her horses herself? I live in a large horse county in AZ. We have a funding for people who are not able to feed their pets be it dogs, cats or horses. Try thinking about how to help rather than just condemning!

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