As I mentioned before, this is beginning to feel like all Dorothy, all the time around here lately. However, some of the other stuff I have on the back burners need more information and I’m not sure a lot of that is going to be forthcoming until after the election. So, we may as well keep ourselves disgusted with this rather sad example of why slaughter wouldn’t fix a single thing…
As I’m sure anybody who has been following this situation knows, Dorothy has pleaded `not guilty’ to the animal neglect charges against her. This means it’s going to trial and that NNER is in the unenviable position of not being able to release photographs of the horses at seizure until this is resolved despite Anne Knight aka Manes n Tails aka Sanctimonious Twat’s ranting and frothing at the mouth over them not responding to her demands and shitstirring. A gag order is a gag order and if anybody has an issue with that, I suggest taking it up with the courts and not attacking the rescue. Now, having said that, we know that Dorothy helpfully video taped a few of the evidence pics and uploaded them to her youtube account (coloredcowhorse). The thing was, she was very selective about which pictures she showed. Out of 34 seized horses she showed maybe five of them and they were not in excellent shape. As we all know, Dorothy has done this hoarding and seizure thing at least twice before, so I’m sure there will be drama for months to come..
A few days ago I was able to view video of Dorothy’s two hearings in September when this entire mess began. It’s hours worth of footage and it was very enlightening to say the least. Dorothy is quite the little armchair attorney! Anyhow, it would take days to recap it blow-by-blow, so I’m going to cover some of the highlights. See the horse above? We’ve pictured him on this blog before. I can now confirm that he was, in fact, the `old’ stallion that was in need of immediate euthanasia. At least Dorothy wanted everybody to think he was old. I even watched her argue that in court with the veterinary witness , although she was vague as to how old he really was and refused to give the horse’s name. He was Colonels Diamond Chex APHA #705128 and he was only 10 years old. The vet estimated him around 8 years old by his teeth; Dorothy claimed he was closer to 17 yrs old. After hearing the testimony regarding him, we know he also suffered horribly. He was emaciated and badly foundered when seized. Witnesses say he could barely walk and was rocked back on his hind end to get the pressure off his sore feet.. Apparently, his feet were curling up and the veterinarian stated he was likely severely rotated. His body was covered with pressure sores from laying down so much and apparently those sores were infested with maggots. Dorothy’s only response to this was ask if they had kept any maggots as evidence. His feed tub was full of feces on the day they came to take him away as well and he was reportedly laying in filth and urine. This same horse, Dorothy refused to sign a release to have him euthanized immediately saying she `wasn’t sure who owned him anymore’ and they had to go to court to get the judge to order it. Then she whined about them making him suffer and additional couple of days even after the judge explained to her that since she hadn’t signed a release, they couldn’t legally do anything with him prior to the hearing. Dorothy tried to tell everybody he had Pigeon Fever or an abscess, but the vet told the court it was highly unlikely as Pigeon Fever tends to have sores on the outside and an internal abscess most often ruptures and kills a horse within hours. The bottom line is this horse should have been treated and/or euthanized long before he was seized and he wasn’t. May he rest in peace.
The first hearing I viewed was the initial hearing a few days after the horse’s were seized. It was brief mostly because Dorothy asked for time to find a lawyer. The judge at that time let her know that the board charges were adding up on the horses by the day, but granted her a week extension. Wanna guess who ended up eating those charges? That’s right….NOT Dorothy. She told the judge at that time that The United Horsemen and The Cavalry Group would be helping her out with legal representation. Guess what? One week, later and no attorney. I’m not sure we should be surprised given that Dorothy is a pathological liar and the UH can’t even refund the Scummit tickets yet. She’s not a paid member of The Cavalry Group, so they weren’t going to help her either. Dorothy also half tried to insist that they get another vet evaluation on the condition of her horses and was told she was welcome to do that but would need to pay and arrange for that herself. That wasn’t done either. I guess she felt buying her new computer was more important. So the following week, Dorothy attempted to wriggle out of things again by saying she wasn’t willing to represent herself because if she made a mistake, she couldn’t sue the people that unlawfully seized her horses. She was firmly reminded that hearing WAS to determine whether or not the seizure was lawful and what was to be done with the horses. Also, deputies can’t be sued for carrying out their duties. Dorothy was told that anything she said in this hearing wouldn’t be used against her in the event criminal charges were brought against her and she should be truly thankful for that. She lied her ass off! She also clearly has watched way too many lawyer shows on TV because her questioning was bizarre to say the least. As we have seen her do, she attempted to blame everybody else and bring up things that weren’t related to her situation at all. For example, she tried to show pictures of other neglected horses, wanted to discuss the Lippizan Stallion’s stall size, the PMU stall sizes, etc. If she wasn’t so belligerent and passive-aggressive throughout most of it, I would almost have felt sorry for her.
One of Dorothy’s attempts at a big `A-Ha!’ moment was the issue of a horse with `shingles’. Apparently, when the deputy went out to see her horses she told him a horse had shingles. The deputy admitted he wasn’t a horsemen, but had handled several cases before and was well able to identify a thin animal and lack of care. When he repeated that the horse had shingles in court, she nastily told him horses couldn’t get shingles. At this point, I had nominated both the judge and DA for sainthood as they were nothing but respectful and patient with Dorothy, despite her deliberate stalling and general rudeness. You would think somebody that had been through this a few times before would know that you should probably put on a clean shirt to go to court and even throw on a bra if you really wanted to make a good impression. Early on in the proceedings, the judge explained to Dorothy that lack of feed is part of neglect, but even a well fed animal could suffer neglect. They were looking at the whole picture. For the record, the vet that testified not a single one of Dorothy’s horses were in acceptable weight and condition. Dorothy made a big deal about having 14 whole bales of hay (approx 100lbs bales) on hand. She had 34 horses, so that wasn’t going to go far, but Dorothy seemed to think it was awesome. The deputy testified that he counted the hay the day prior to seizure and by the next afternoon, only 2 or 3 bales of hay had been fed. I think most of us know that is not nearly enough food for a herd that size, especially when she admitted she was trying to put weight on a `few’ mares that had sand colic. Speaking of sand colic, in Dorothy’s world that means the horse will remain skinny for months and months. From when we had a yearling colt sand colic on us, I know he bounced back within a week because we, you know, had a vet treat him. Amazing how that works.
This brings us to another problem Dorothy had. She claimed she was treating her horses for this and that, yet no vet receipts or anything other than she said so. She didn’t even attempt to show receipts for meds she had bought and I have to think given the rest of her nit-picking, she’d have produced them had she had them. For reasons known only to herself, Dorothy attempted to blame the vet, when he was on the stand, for not coming out and treating her horses for free. What we did find out is that bill she claimed as a $40 or so dispute, was actually more in the neighborhood of $500. That was straight from her own mouth and it was for treating, yet another sick mare some months ago. Dorothy was also told that this wasn’t the only vet that served her area. Given all the vet articles she googled and other unrelated facts she tried to present, you would think Dorothy would have tracked down a vet, any vet, to help that horse if she was truly sincere about easing his suffering. It was a bit irritating to watch her flip back and forth from knowing everything to being completely oblivious to anything that would have helped out her suffering animals. At this point, I have to believe she just doesn’t give a shit or have any compassion for animals. Actually, given how vocal and nasty I have seen her be in any slaughter debate, I pretty much knew that long before all this came to light.
As we all know, the outcome of the trial was not in Dorothy’s favor. The seizure was determined to be lawful and the horses were released to NNER after they paid the back board on them. Dorothy brought up the two leased mares and said she had no idea how to contact their owner as she hadn’t been in touch with her since Dorothy took the horses. Yet another outright lie. That owner is a `friend’ of Dorothy on Facebook and has been for a while. Dorothy has actually had the unmitigated gall to pop up on her favorite HGS forum and attempt brazen things out by not acknowledging the fact that she is so busted. In fact her only acknowledgement was over on UH’s Facebook page and she said :“Happy to discuss in private…..lots of info being put out that is not accurate.” I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think the fact that her rap sheet pertaining to over 50 convictions of animal neglect in the past is pretty accurate and damning. Then again, what do I know? I’m one of those annoying people that hug their horses and feed them and stuff. I’m hoping Santa brings Dorothy a nice little jail sentence for Christmas this year. She goes to trial on December 28th. Stay tuned….