Friday, March 27, 2009

Updates on NH & FL cases "Swine and Pigs"

2 new developments in the NH case: Charges and Video of the horses seized

The horses look bad, but not at deaths door. However, this is after 3 weeks of proper care. Had they been left at the farm they may be three weeks skinnier and knock knock knocking on heaven’s door.

If you look closely (and I have watched it about 10 times), you will see what appears to be very thin yearlings or rising 2 year olds. But look at their tails. Not baby tails. Those are the tails of late 2 to early 3 year olds. These horses might be forever stunted by the lack of proper nutrition they had with the accused.

On the bright side I do know of a few TB race horses that had it even worse. Clint and Josey were like line drawings at 3 and were bought by a kind and experienced trainer. While neither went on to win the KY Derby. Clint, although tiny, did win quite a few races in his day and Josie went off to become a children’s hunter and won many championships. Both were well loved and overcame such a bad start. I hope good outcomes for these little guys and gals too.

Update on the Pig Case I blogged about Last Fall.

This is not a hoarder. It’s a good contrast to the NH case. Things got bad for a short time and the owner did everything she could in the best interest of the animals. Never ranted about conspiracies, she worked with the Humane Society, she worked with the authorities, she never made it about HER, HER, HER and HER RIGHTS to HER PROPERTY. It was always about what could do the most for the welfare of the animals. Turned out the best thing for the pigs was HER and all parties agree.

Pig sanctuary owner, state agree on terms

BUNNELL -- Lory Yazurlo, who runs Pig Tales Sanctuary, reached an agreement with the state Thursday resulting in one charge against her related to her swine herd being dropped and outlining how she can have a second charge dropped.

After the hearing, Yazurlo sat in her wheelchair and said she was relieved she will be keeping her approximately 390 pigs. She said her biggest worry had been that the state would want to kill the pigs.

"I'm happy it's over with," Yazurlo said. "I don't want to take a chance on them for some reason taking the pigs away, so I'd just rather have it over with."

Assistant State Attorney Scott Westbrook dropped a charge of cruelty to animals. And Yazurlo, 45, pled no contest to a charge of unlawful abandonment or confinement of animals. If she has no legal or pig problems in the next 12 months, that charge will also be dropped.

As part of the agreement to drop the misdemeanor charges she must comply with requirements already in place by the state Department of Agriculture for the pigs' care. No pigs can be taken off her property and no new pigs added; all male pigs must be castrated; she must have fencing to keep wild pigs out and she must provide sufficient feed and fresh water for the pigs.

Yazurlo's agreement with prosecutors will be monitored by the Flagler Humane Society, which initiated the complaint against her in November, saying the pigs at her 20-acre sanctuary in rural Flagler County were emaciated and malnourished.The next month the Flagler Humane Society and Yazurlo reached their own agreement, including some of the same requirements she agreed to with the state.

Thursday's agreement to drop one charge and eventually drop the second is the best resolution, public defender Judith Davidson said.

"It's a for-sure outcome as opposed to a trial where you can never know what can happen," Davidson said. "But she maintains her innocence."

Westbrook said he dropped the cruelty to animals charge, because it had a connotation that Yazurlo was somehow torturing the pigs and that was not the case.

"One can't help but have some sympathy for the circumstances that she finds herself in," Westbrook said.

Charlene Yazurlo said her daughter didn't do anything wrong. She said her daughter is all about the pigs.

"Lory's main concern is the pigs and she's very willing to accept this offer because it benefits the pigs," Yazurlo said. "It's the best thing for the pigs.

Yazurlo and her family are asking for volunteers to help them with some work around the Pig Tales Sanctuary, such as putting up an electric fence, and for donations of feed. They said they could also use a volunteer who has a bucket-loader backhoe. To help, call Yazurlo's mother, Charlene, at 386-439-4583 or send an e-mail to

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