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Hurley Continues To Exploit Animals Despite Cruelty Charges

Craig Huckerby for local2 sault ste. marie
August 27th, 2012 at 2:42pm | Last Updated at 4:25pm


Despite numerous charges of cruelty to animals, Rebbecca Hurley the owner of Circle H ranch was present at Frontier Days Sunday giving pony rides to children.

LOCAL2news cameras spotted Hurley on Sunday with a number of ponies and horses from the very farm that was shut down on Friday due to poor living conditions and suffering by the majority of the animals located at the Case Road Farm.

On Friday, a search warrant was executed by Sault Ste. Marie City Police and the SPCA / Sault Humane Society resulted in Hurley being charged when several animals were found in various states of pain, distress and suffering as a result of improper care. 48 year old Rebecca Hurley was charged with causing/permitting unnecessary suffering of animals.

The actions on Friday was a result of an investigation into Circle H Ranch after years of complaints from horse owners and former customers of Circle H Ranch.

Along with three horses being seized and removed from the property, 6 dogs were also rescued from what former customers refer to as "Hell on Earth" for animals.

41 horses remain on the farm due to varying degrees of ill health. Cindy Ross, manager of the Sault Humane Society tells LOCAL2news that more horses and animals could be removed pending vet checks, which was one of the orders for Circle H Ranch to address.

Circle H Ranch of Case Road provides pony and sleigh rides at various events around town.

"We didn't want to remove diseased horses and have them fostered at another place only to create healthy horses getting sick" Ross said Saturday.

The Sault Humane Society tell LOCAL2news that Hurley can expect frequent visits from the Humane Society up until her October court date where she will answer to the charges and allegations against her.

In the meantime, the removal of more horses along with the three already seized is putting additional pressure on the shelter. Ross says they have had some offers to foster the animals but also in need of financial donations and good quality hay for the horses.

Those interested in making a financial donation or to help foster the animals seized are asked to call Ross at the Humane Society.

Hurley is scheduled to appear in court on October 15 2012.


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