Animals Allegedly Confined Without Water or Food Deserve Justice

Target: Brian Haas, State Attorney for Polk County, Florida

Goal: Demand that the veterinarian who allegedly confined dogs, horses, and birds without access to food, water, or medical care receive the maximum penalty under law.

Multiple horses, dogs, and birds suffered when they were allegedly confined without access to food, water, or medical care. The animals were reportedly locked in cages inside of a rat-infested home without air conditioning. Demand justice for these poor animals.

“The fact that a practicing, licensed veterinarian caused so much suffering to her own animals is extremely concerning,” stated Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Dr. Gail Anne Nichols and her husband, Paul Craig Smith, reportedly kept 28 miniature horses, eight dogs, two full-sized horses, and two birds in deplorable conditions. Per officers, the horses’ hooves were dangerously overgrown and they all appeared emaciated. The dogs and birds were reportedly confined without access to food or water.

Three miniature horses had to be euthanized due to the severity of their illness. The other animals were taken to an animal control facility for treatment. Nichols and Smith were charged with three counts felony animal cruelty, one count misdemeanor animal cruelty, and five counts confinement of animals without sufficient food, water, or shelter. Sign below and demand that Nichols and Smith receive the maximum penalty under law, if convicted.


Dear State Attorney Haas,

Three horses had to be euthanized and many more animals suffered when they were allegedly neglected by a licensed veterinarian in Polk County. The animals were reportedly denied access to food, water, and adequate shelter, causing many of them to become emaciated and sick. We demand justice for these poor animals.

Over 40 animals reportedly lived in a rat-infested home while Dr. Gail Anne Nichols and her husband, Paul Craig Smith, stayed in separate trailers. Per police, the house smelled of ammonia, and the dogs and birds inside the home were locked in cages without access to food, water, or air conditioning. Outside, miniature and full-sized horses reportedly suffered with severely overgrown hooves and malnourishment. Nichols and Smith were charged with animal cruelty and the animals were removed from the property.

This horrific neglect cannot go unpunished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


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  1. Brian Miller says:

    WTF? If anyone should love and respect animals, it has to be a vet. Crucify the motherfucker.

  2. Sonja Beyer says:

    How can human beings do this to helpless animals? I’ll never understand!

  3. Vets, of all people should and does know exactly how to take care of animals. Nichols and Smith should both be charged wih felonies, prison time, fees and have both of their licenses taken away for good! PLEASE DO YOU JOB -FLORIDA!


  5. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

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