2013-07-25 / Local & State

Suit Over Pa. Horse Seizures Goes To Federal Court

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) – A lawsuit over the seizure of horses in western Pennsylvania has been moved from state to federal court.

The Pittsburgh Tribune- Review says the state attorney general’s office acted Friday because a trooper is named along with two private groups.

The suit filed July 2 in Butler County Court alleges that the seizures violated owners’ rights.

District Attorney Richard Goldinger last week withdrew charges of animal abuse and neglect against two owners, Brian Arendosh and Geraldine Geibel, and said the county needs a better process for investigating neglect charges. Goldinger said he plans to form a committee that would include horse owners and Equine Angels Rescue.

Pamela Vivirito, who runs Equine Angels, has said state police authorized all removals.

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