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Uploaded on May 19, 2009
The Johnston County District Court has agreed with ALDF that Joel Simpson should bear the burden of paying for the veterinary care and upkeep of Groucho, the stallion he neglected. Groucho was originally part of ALDFs lawsuit against Gayle, Michael, and Judy Keating, but shortly after ALDF filed the suit, the Keatings purportedly sold Groucho to Joel Simpson, a family friend, for $1. Simpson continued to neglect Groucho, and he was seized by a cruelty investigator and transported to a foster home by the United States Equine Rescue League, where he has been recovering safely. At a hearing on May 18, the court granted the Equine Rescue Leagues petition and ordered Simpson to pay $1,831, which reflects the cost of nursing Groucho back to health. ALDF will continue to fight for permanent custody of Groucho.