Demand Justice for Horse Slowly Starved to Death

Target: Michael Zell, Wood County District Attorney

Goal: Immediately investigate the case of an allegedly neglected horse.

A horse reportedly died from starvation at the hands of his owner in rural Wisconsin, yet officials have yet to press charges against the farmer who allegedly abused the animal. A request was put in but Assistant District Attorney Michael Zell, who was assigned to the case, has yet to file charges. He claims he does not have time due to other priorities and mentioned that there is no deadline for him to investigate the report. Those involved with rescuing the horse, named Roy, prior to his death want charges against the farmer to come quickly because they are concerned about the well-being of a second horse.

A woman found Roy while on her morning stroll and walked the horse to a nearby friend’s house where they contacted authorities. The horse’s owner came to get him but when Wood County Humane Officer Nanci Olson went to check on the horse, she reportedly found Roy along with an additional horse standing knee deep in manure and being fed moldy hay. The owner agreed to give up Roy, stating that she could no longer ride him anyway.

Unfortunately, there was nothing that veterinarian Dr. Gary Johnson could do to save Roy’s life. A few days after being brought in and set up with a treatment plan, Roy would no longer stand due to a lack of muscle tissue and organ failure. Roy was covered in rain rot and suffered a lame back leg the cause of which cause could not be determined. Johnson claimed this was the worst case of neglect he had ever seen. There was no indication of disease to cause such weight loss, and Roy had to be put down.

Roy’s former owner has another horse that allegedly suffers from a cough. Activists are concerned for the well-being of this second animal and want charges filed immediately to determine if it should stay under the farmer’s care. Sign this petition to demand that the Wood County District Attorney’s office review the case right away and file charges against the alleged animal abuser.


Dear Assistant District Attorney Zell,

I am writing because you have yet to review a report about a horse that was starved to death in Babcock. A doctor and activists believe that Roy was neglected and starved until the poor animal lost his muscle mass and eventually had to be euthanized. This sort of crime cannot go unpunished.

Though you claim there is no deadline on this case, I urge you to reconsider due to a second horse under the allegedly abusive farmer’s care. It is believed that this horse suffers a cough, is kept in knee deep manure, and is fed moldy hay. This inhumane activity cannot persist. I demand that you use the full power of your office to ensure justice for Roy.


[Your Name Here]

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  2. justice for roy the horse to be starved to death now. this bad person needs to be starved to death for not taking care of roy now. justice now.

  3. “A request was put in but Assistant District Attorney Michael Zell, who was assigned to the case, has yet to file charges. He claims he does not have time due to other priorities and mentioned that there is no deadline for him to investigate the report.”
    Well, it’s only a bloody animal, not something that’ll make you loadsa money, eh Michael??????

  4. Patricia Dumais says:

    This farmer should not be allowed to keep animals period.

  5. Caryl Sawyer says:

    I have news for you. I worked in the criminal justice system for years, and NEVER did our States Attorneys say they “did not have time” to prosecute an injustice.

    This guy is a loser, please keep him there, or he might go somewhere else and infect the system.

  6. Wendy Morrison says:

    This horse’s owner should be starved for the rest of her life just like she did to these innocent defenseless horse!!! Charge this stupid owner ANIMAL CRUELTY IMMEDIATELY!!!!

  7. “The only difference between a dog, cat, horse and dolphin and a cow, chicken, pig and turkey is perception. One is no more valuable than another. And yet in this culture, we hold the former animals in high esteem and the latter we brutalize for food. All animals are deserving of respect and freedom from violence. The way to respect others is veganism.”

  8. An eye for an eye is required.This bastard animal abuser/murderer needs to be exterminated ie turned inrto fertilizer.

  9. Michael Zell move now and file charges. This bastard perpetrator must never be allowed near or keep an animal again. If you have any compassion at all for innocent animals file charges now and give the most severe penalty to this cretin. A curse on him. I wish someone out there would kidnap him, lock him up and let him starve.

  10. Do your job and get justice for the poor dead horse and for heavens sake SAVE THE OTHER POOR HORSE. If you are too busy give it to someone who can and must do the job. This happens way too often so make an example of this farmer and then others will be afraid to follow in their foot steps of animal abuse and deaths. JAIL THEM FOR AT LEAST A YEAR,FINE THEM A HUGE AMOUNT (PLUS WHAT THE VET BILL IS FOR THE DECEASED ANIMAL AND ANY OTHER ANIMAL INVOLVED, BAN THEM FROM HAVING OR EVEN BEING AROUND ANIMALS AND DEMAND PSYCHIATRIC HELP AS THEY ARE SICK.


  11. You better know that this case is now known about by a lot of people. It may not matter to you if these horses are slowly dying of illness, and starvation, but it does to the rest of the country. Stop this unfit “farmer” from having horses in her possession if she can not provide for their welfare. There are horse rescue groups who would gladly take on the responsibility of these beautiful animals, something this pitiful farmer knows very little about.

  12. Taxpayers need to protest. WE ARE TIRED OF OFFICIALS NOT DOING THEIR JOBS!! Forward petition to Governor and Attorney General! Guess there’s no money involved in this case, good ol’corrupt Wisconsin! People are sick of it!

  13. No time? MAKE TIME!! Just because it’s ”only an animal” or it was before that villain killed it, the case can’t be left there. Is it not worth the money? Then fine the bastard up to the hilt, that will make some money and will also put you up a grade in the public’s opinion!

  14. Effing piece of filth, MONSTROUS callous slime of the earth owner should be forced to starve. I would gladly sit and eat while she did so. I thoroughly despise such disgusting subhumans and would gladly see them suffer before they die! They are the blight of this planet!! What is wrong with this district attorney or should I ask what is right? Frontal lobotomy perhaps?

  15. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Fck this bastard❗?
    Signed & shared ?

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