the 13 horses seized Friday from a pasture near Melvern, with
its ribs showing, appears to be underfed.
Catherine Faimon | Publisher
In the span of eight days, another herd of animals has been
seized by Osage County Sheriff’s officers, due to alleged
neglect. The first occurrence was April 16, when 13 horses were
removed from property in rural Melvern, belonging to Salah Ibrahim,
of Linwood. The horses were transported to an equine rescue
facility, where one of the horses later died. As of Tuesday,
charges had not been filed by Osage County Attorney Brandon
In an unrelated case, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office
received a call at 12:25 p.m. April 24 from a person reporting
horses that looked neglected. Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy
Jacob Henry responded to the location at 16578 S. Croco Rd.,
approximately three miles west of Overbrook. The land, home
and animals belong to Davin Ortiz and her sister, Jessica Davis.
Upon arrival at the location, deputies made a determination
that there were eight horses and miniature horses, as well as
one dog that were living in poor conditions.
“A vet arrived at the scene and determined the horses
were in bad shape. A dog, too,” Osage County Sheriff Laurie
Dunn said. In total, eight horses and one dog were relocated
to three different rescue facilities. A private citizen with
a horse trailer was hired to handle and transport the horses.
Ortiz said Tuesday in a phone interview that she arrived home
Saturday to see deputies on her property.
“They didn’t really tell us why they were here,”
she said. “One cop said, ‘By law, we have to have
a vet come out and look at your animals,’ and I said,
“The vet showed up and checked the animals,” Ortiz
said. “She told us it wasn’t up to her if the animals
were going to be removed or not. Then the cops talked and said
the vet told them the animals had to be removed from the property
because it was poor living conditions here.”
Ortiz said she learned that the sheriff’s office had been
out to her property in February and looked at her animals, but
was not told of the visit.
She said after the February inspection, there was no communication
between law enforcement and her, regarding any action that would
be taken. However, on Saturday, the officer said when the sheriff’s
officers were at the property in February, they told a friend
who was living at the home to clean up the place within a certain
amount of time or the animals would be removed.
“We got told we were not turned in for neglect or abuse,
it was for our horses running at large,” Ortiz said. “Our
horses have never run at large. They told us we have a possibility
of getting them back. We have to improve the living conditions,
and that’s basically all they said. They told us we have
a month to get things cleaned up. They’ll (the horses)
go to my parents’ land where there’s more room.”
Ortiz contacted the sheriff’s office today. “They
told us as soon as we get a fence up, they will come out and
inspect it. They will make sure its up to code and then maybe
approve of it.”
Dunn said the county attorney was given the offense report Monday,
and although there may be additional follow-up on the investigation,
she said he has enough information to file charges.
Jones told The Herald-Chronicle Tuesday morning that he expected
to have charges filed in the case against Ibrahim, by the end
of the day.
In a follow up call late Tuesday afternoon, to confirm whether
charges were filed, Jones said, “You know, it’s
hard to get anything done on this case when I’m being
badgered and bothered all day. People like you, Kansas City,
and others calling me all day long, asking about this. I tell
you, I’ve had more calls on this case than any other case
I can remember. What about your interest in things like people
being killed, children abused? This is unbelievable.”
Jones said in an e-mail Tuesday evening to The Herald-Chronicle
that he intended to file the charges Wednesday morning, and
had no further comment about the case. However, multiple television
stations reported Jones planned to file one charge of animal
cruelty and one charge of unlawful disposal of dead animals.
They reported Jones as saying he will issue a summons for Ibrahim
to appear in court 10 a.m. June 3.