New York City – As previously reported in July, 80-year-old cowboy Tod “Doc” Mishler had been riding his horse around the country to raise awareness for childhood hunger. Doc was arrested for crossing the Outerbridge Crossing on horseback, and his horses were seized due to alleged animal neglect. Hope II had bloody, open wounds where the tack had worn through her hide, and was lame in her front right leg from an untreated infection. Charity was underweight and had other medical issues.
Attorney Richard Luthmann has recently taken on Doc’s case, and vows to do whatever it takes to get Doc his horses back. “He treats his horses well, but they are not thoroughbreds or going to a horse show anytime soon,” Luthmann said. “They are beasts of burden in the strictest sense of the word and if he wasn’t able to use them as such he wouldn’t need them. The fact that they should be treated like show ponies is confusing the issue.” He went on to explain “The horses were his main means of conveyance. (Police and prosecutors) have taken away this guy’s fundamental liberty to move around the country. Under the Constitution, that’s a fundamental right that goes back to the Magna Carta. (Mishler) can’t do anything … he is stranded without his horses.”Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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