Trials and Arbitration

33 horses seized from King William rescue, owners embroil sheriff and others in suit over 2016 seizure

33 horses seized from King William rescue, owners embroil sheriff and others in suit over 2016 seizure

After years of fighting animal cruelty charges and being found guilty of one, a horse rescue operation in King William County has had its horses seized again.

The seizure comes amid an 18-count lawsuit in King William County Circuit Court, where the owners of of the rescue allege public officials and private citizens conducted two illegal searches on their properties during a horse seizure in Aylett in 2016 that resulted in injuries to several horses, as well as emotional distress to the owners themselves.

The latest seizure occurred on Jan. 24, when 33 horses were taken from the New Beginnings Horse Rescue and Cassy Newell-Reed and her husband’s property by Spotsylvania...

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