Wanda English Burnett
County Prosecutor Ric Hertel has filed charges of Abandonment
or Neglect of Vertebrate Animals against Brian L. Grider and
Christina D. Grider after horses were found dead and nearly
starved on the couples property near Osgood last month.
The charges read Brian and Christina Grider had a vertebrate
animal in custody and recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally
abandoned or neglected the animal. They left nine horses unattended
On March 16 Ripley County Communications received a call that
there were dead horses at 7610 North County Road 900 West, Osgood.
According to information from the Probable Cause Affidavit when
Deputy Steve Sullivan arrived he observed a blue tarp lying
next to a fence at the above mentioned property. Under the tarp
was a horse that appeared to have been dead for about two weeks.
Another horse found was a mare that was in the process of giving
birth when she and the foal both died. This mare had been
in obvious distress because she had laid on her right side and
worked her feet and legs back and forth so much that she had
dug a trench for her front and back legs to lay in, approximately
six to seven inches deep, the probable cause affidavit
Sullivan, who has 28 years plus experience as a horse owner,
said the animals he observed were undernourished and in very
Court documents revealed that the Griders admitted to a law
enforcement officer in December of 2009 that the horses and
donkeys belonged to them.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, two Napoleon sisters,
Geneen Ostendorf and Gayla Crowell, were responsible for calling
about the dead horses in the field. Ostendorf said she was tipped
off by a friend.
The Indiana Horse Rescue organization as well as People Assisting
Animals in Need (PAAIN) were involved in the rescue on March
17 where several horses were taken from the Osgood property.
The charges against the Griders are Class A Misdemeanors.