Demand Harsh Punishment for Man Charged With Abusing Horses

Target: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring

Goal: Demand harsh punishment for man charged with 14 counts of animal abuse and neglect.

Police charged a horse owner with 14 counts of animal abuse. The charges were filed against the owner after law enforcement found five of the horses in terrible conditions and malnourished. The owner denied the presence of any more horses on the property, but officers later found two more horses locked in small, filthy stalls.

Law enforcement removed all seven horses from the property and signed them over to the county. The animal control staff at the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue assisted officers with investigating the case and are now responsible for the care of the animals.

Reports say the horses were able to survive by eating the bark off trees nearby. They had no access to hay or water, and some were found standing in puddles of manure. In all investigators found one stud, one miniature horse, four mares, and a colt.

Though the investigation is underway, the owner, Michael Wendell Cabbler, currently does not even have a court date set for his hearing. This delay in the process means a delay in punishment for the alleged crime. Demand the harshest punishment available for Cabbler’s abuse of these seven horses by adding your name to this petition.


Dear Attorney General Herring,

Law enforcement officers recently indicted horse owner Michael Wendell Cabbler on 14 charges of animal abuse and neglect. The charges followed an investigation which reportedly turned up five malnourished horses living in inhumane conditions. When asked if there were any other animals on the property, Cabbler allegedly lied to the officers when he said “no,” as they later found two other malnourished horses locked in small stalls.

Authorities claim the horses had no access to hay or water and survived by eating the barks off trees. All seven animals were removed from the property and signed over to the county. Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue is now seeing to the animals’ care and will continue to assist officers with the investigation.

In spite of these findings and the charges filed against Cabbler, no court date has been set for his hearing. I urge you to resolve this quickly, as well as push for the harshest sentence possible. The fact that he lied to the officers about the presence of other animals on the property implies he knows that what he was doing to the animals was wrong. Take a stand against this kind of intentional animal abuse and help prevent it from happening again.


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  1. Natasha Glinsky says:

    Punishing animal abusers to the fullest extent of the law will instill morals in those who equate the level of punishment with the severity of a crime. In other words, the less punishment that is given for a crime, the less value the criminal gives to their victims. Are we teaching people that being forced to live in your own squalor is horrible for humans, but no big deal for animals? We really need to bring laws for animals to an equal level with laws for humans. Once people learn that no abuse is right, they will show more respect for other people too. Crime will be a little easier to manage.

  2. Beth Nordmeyer says:

    Virginia has weak, loophole ridden laws regarding animals, it’s a pitiful joke. These abusers always walk free, that’s why they do it a again! What a system, right?

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