Spokane Co. ranch accused of horse cruelty searched again


by KREM.com


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 3:36 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) executed a search warrant in west Spokane County Friday in connection with an animal cruelty investigation.

SCRAPS investigators said 30 to 50 horses were being evaluated by Animal Protection officers and a veterinarian at the ranch at 6805 W. Deno. Sixty-five horse ended up being seized by SCRAPS.

The horses were taken from the home to the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

The same property was searched in July.  Investigators said at the time they seized two dozen horses that needed “immediate help.”  Janice L. Long, also known as Jan L. Hickerson, 48, was charged with 21 counts of Animal Cruelty in the First Degree.

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Since the seizure in July, additional horses had been brought to the property.

Jan Hickerson claimed she runs a rehabilitation business.  Animal protection authorities said, however, Hickerson had been under investigation for months for cruelty and neglect.

READ MORE: Charges filed in West Spokane horse cruelty case

Court documents suggested the horses seized in July were beyond starving to the point of pain. Several had open wounds that were full of dirt and appeared uncared for. At least five of the animals were babies.

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It was not known whether the horses being evaluated Friday would also be removed from the property.