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THE TRUTH #11 – The BLM authorized the adoption of a wild horse to a woman who was later charged with animal cruelty. Although the wild horse survived, the fact that this horse was subjected to animal cruelty illustrates what happens when the BLM fails to do adequate, if any, compliance checks.
When looking at FOIA records regarding the fate of wild horses born in BLM holding facilities, we came across a horse (Freezemark #10183695) that the BLM approved for a Private Care and Maintenance Agreement (PMACA) adoption to someone in Loxahatchee, FL. This caught our eye because of the investigations by Richard Cuoto of Animal Rescue Mission that exposed illegal slaughter farms in Loxahatchee, FL, including Medina Farm. Luckily, this wild horse didn’t end up on Medina Farm, but we found out that the adopter, Janet Greene, was charged with animal cruelty. We have provided links to two newspaper articles, a timeline of events and BLM FOIA documents below.
Horse owner formally charged with animal cruelty (Read this article HERE.)
“Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control seized 14 horses Nov. 7
…Janet E. Greene, 47, of Port St. Lucie, is charged with 13 counts of felony cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of unlawful abandonment or confinement of animal.
Feed bills show that 16 horses were being fed a total of 51 pounds of hay per day, well below the recommended amount of 320 pounds of hay, according a statement from Animal Care and Control Sgt. Max Sharpe.”
And we saw this article:
Woman charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in Loxahatchee Groves horse-death case (Read this article HERE.)
“…the county’s top animal investigators said that in the span of two months, one sick horse ended up becoming two dead horses and 13 sick ones, and they placed that blame squarely on Janet Greene, the horse’s owner of record.”
In reviewing the FOIA records regarding the PMACA (Private Maintenance and Care Agreement) adoption and timeline of events after the BLM turned over the horse to Janet Greene, it looks like this:
10/9/11 – Janet E. Greene fills out a BLM Application for Adoption of Wild Horse(s) or Burro(s) (undated) and on 10/9/11, BLM’s John D. Parsons authorized a Private Maintenance and Care Agreement for Wild Horse(s) or Burro(s).
11/7/12 – About thirteen months later, Janet E. Greene is arrested for animal cruelty.
3/15/13 – Over seventeen months after the adoption, the BLM case file log shows that BLM sent a title application to Janet Greene, but it was returned as undeliverable. It also notes “Talked to Mr. Green, got new address and re-mailed title app
5/21/13 – Over two months after re-mailing the title application, the BLM case file log notes “Talked to husband, Horse is at neighbors. Pat 3142 C. Road, Loxahatchee, FL” The words “Pat” and “Stephanie” are written down, without note of who these people are.
5/22/13 – The BLM case file log notes “Sent full force letter to Cheryl to process and mail. Left msg. for Pat to call me. Horse was given away per Mr. Greene.”
5/22/13 – The BLM case file notes “Spoke with Stephanie Quinn (unreadable) RE the horse to Patricia Quinn. 3142 C Rd., Loxahatchee, FL. Mailed App and PMACA.
5/23/17 – BLM sends letter to Janet Greene informing her that her PMACA Agreement was cancelled.
7/6/13 – Patricia Quinn fills out an Application for Adoption of Wild Horse(s) or Burro(s) and on 7/6/13 signs a Private Maintenance and Care Agreement.
The name of the BLM employee who wrote the case file notes is not on that record. There were no notes regarding any compliance checks. Did any BLM employee ever find out that Janet Greene had been arrested for animal cruelty? If so, why wasn’t this noted in the case file notes? The BLM’s lax, if any, oversight of compliance facilitates our wild horses and burros ending up in the slaughter pipeline. The BLM’s lack of oversight also illustrates their disregard for the wild horses and burros they are tasked to protect. It certainly seems that the BLM only cares about getting rid of as many wild horses and burros as they can, as fast as they can.
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