King William horse seizure hearing continued to Tuesday

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

A hearing on the seizure of 33 horses from a King William horse rescue has been continued.

The hearing for the Jan. 24 seizure of horses from Cassy Newell-Reed and Harry Reed’s property and horse rescue New Beginnings began at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The hearing lasted until 4:30 p.m. as special prosecutor Michelle Welch presented evidence and witness testimonies, with several breaks and recesses in King William General District Court.

Welch is a Senior Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Animal Law Unit for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office.

The petition for the hearing alleges that the horses were abandoned, cruelly treated and or neglected, according to court documents.

Retired Richmond General District Court Judge Barbara Gaden was a substitute for Judge Stephen Hudgins. Gaden will stay on the case when the hearing continues at 9 a.m. Tuesday in King William General District Court.

If the court finds Newell-Reed or Reed abandoned or neglected the horses, the court could give ownership to King William County.

The current location of the horses is still unclear at this time.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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