Pair Charged in Seizure of More Than 50 Horses

On Jan. 14, the horses’ owners Cheryl and Richard Ervin surrendered to the Union County Sheriff’s Office and were charged with 37 counts of misdemeanor and four felony counts of animal cruelty.
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In October 2018, deputies from the Union County Sheriff's Office discovered 51 horses in varying stages of alleged neglect residing in allegedly inadequate conditions. | Photo: Courtesy ASPCA

A Florida couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the seizure of more than 50 horses in Union County last year.

In October 2018, deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to a series of reports about allegedly maltreated horses residing on a 40-acre property near Lake Butler, Florida. Upon arrival, investigators discovered 51 horses in varying stages of alleged neglect residing in allegedly inadequate conditions. Investigators also found two other horses’ remains on the property.  

Following their removal, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals staff transported the horses to an equine veterinary hospital for evaluation

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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