Judge Dave Tobben orderd rabbits to be returned to abuser!
Update: December 19, 2013 Judge Dave Tobben orders rabbits and other animals to be returned to abuser! http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2014/01/judge_orders_humane_society_return_animals.php
Prosecuting Attorney Parks said he was “extremely disappointed” with Tobben’s ruling but that will not stop his office from proceeding with criminal charges against Muessemeyer.
Muessemeyer is charged with 21 separate misdemeanor counts of animal abuse based on reports filed by the humane society.
Parks said he issued charges in the “worst cases” of animal abuse documented by humane society workers.
Only One month after Confiscation...
The rabbits, goats and chickens seized from Mrs. Muessemeyer are farm animals. The dogs, cats and duck are not. The questions with respect to the farm animals is whether Respondent's care for and treatment of the farm animals falls within "normal or accepted practices of animal husbandry".
Based upon the foregoing, the Court finds that the State has failed to show that the rabbits were not being cared for so as to remove them from the exemption of Section 578.007. With respect to the goats and chickens, the Court reaches the same conclusion. There was no credible evidence that the dogs or cats have been neglected.
Therefore, it is Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed that the animals seized on November 12, 2013, with the exception of those that have died or have been euthanized, shall be returned to Respondent.
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