Demand Justice for Allegedly Abused Horses

Horse by Hilary Halliwell

Target: Tennessee Attorney General, Herbert Slatery III

Goal: Demand harshest punishment allowed by law for man accused of starving and burning horses, if found guilty.

An animal abuse investigation turned up three reported cases of animal abuse involving horses on a farm. Washington County Tennessee Animal Control Officer Wayne Thomas had entertained suspicions for months that a local resident was abusing the animals on his farm. This was due to several calls made by neighbors claiming they had witnessed the abuse and that there were sometimes dead animals on the property.

Finally, one neighbor told him that three horses on the property had been seen in bad shape. When Thomas arrived one horse was near death and two horses did not have access to adequate water or food. He took pictures to document proof of the abuse and then secured documents to remove the animals. However, when he returned they reportedly found one of the emaciated horses burned. The two remaining horses were removed and received treatment.

The owner of the farm, Daniel Hartsell, was taken into police custody but is now out on bond. Thomas hopes to push for a heavy sentence, but points out key difficulties in prosecuting animal abuse cases involving livestock. Show your support for a strong sentencing by adding your name to the petition. Show the prosecution what the public really thinks of this delinquent behavior.


Dear Attorney General Slatery,

A local man was recently arrested for animal abuse involving three horses on his farm. After responding to calls from a neighbor who showed concern about the welfare of three horses on the property, Washington County Animal Control Officer Wayne Thomas went to investigate. When he arrived he reportedly found three horses without food and water.

He snapped pictures to document their poor health and then left to secure paperwork to have the animals removed. When he returned, the owner had reportedly burned one of the animals. The other two were removed and given proper treatment. Thomas has been watching the property for some time, following suspicions brought on by multiple reports against the owners from within the community.

In spite of the strong case against the owner, Thomas rightly worries that the prosecution will not prove successful. This is because of the difficulty in prosecuting animal abuse cases in Tennessee, especially those involving farm animals. I urge you to support the prosecution against owner Daniel Hartsell by pushing for the harshest punishment the law allows. This sends a message to other abusers that Tennessee will not take animal abuse cases lightly.


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Photo Credit: Hilary Halliwell

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  1. Beth Knalfa says:

    I always thought Tennessee cared about horses, obviously with their “soring” and all the other animal abuse they need to step it up. Sad this state let’s animal abuse go unrecognized. Ignorance prevails over intelligence. Glad I don’t live there.

  2. Angela Rabon says:

    I agree with you, Beth. Tennessee shows no respect for their horses. How can this case be hard to prosecute with the horses condition being well documented and the neighbors as witnesses? Even if the neighbors will not testify against this horrible person in court, the police still have documented proof that the neighbors called and reported the abuse and previous dead animals on his property. All of this has to account for something in a court of law. If this scum admits the horses are his that should be it because it is the owners responsibility to provide adequate food, water, and shelter. He failed at all three. One horse was burned while the horse remained on the owners property. Again, the owner should be held responsible. The investigator had pictures that the horse was not burned, then the horse was burned while on the owners property. There is only one person to find guilty…the idiot who owns the horses!



  4. What can possible be hard about this case? Is it not evident the person is not all there? He should be allowed to sadisticly do whatever he wants? Is that easier for the court to decide? Where is the common sence??? How many times he will have to do it to – not be hard for the court?? Shame!!!

  5. Yolanda Bernhard says:

    rot in hell

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