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Big Dan - 22 yrs.

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In honor of Roy's story (see below), his passing and in honor of all the people who showed their love and support for Roy and his story, MHWF promised to take on another horse that needed a little help. Please meet Big Dan. Dan is a 22 year old Percheron gelding. He is a very, very big boy. Are you ready for this, he is 18.3 hands tall, the biggest horse that we have ever had come into MHWF. You have to see him to believe him. His size is striking, even to people used to big drafts. Having said that, Big Dan is ultra sweet and very laid back. He gets along with his herd mates very well and is a big old giant baby. Why Dan? Other than the reason we mentioned above, Dan's owner had a pretty horrible family tragedy and has been struggling lately because of it. It is not cheap to feed Big Dan and as much as she loved him, the cost of his senior feed was just too much lately, so she reached out for help, like we wish Roy's owner would have done. So Dan comes to us pretty thin and in need of a lot of hoof work, but he does have all his shots, has been kept on a de-worming program and other than needing to put on some pounds, is in pretty good health. We commend this person for reaching out before things got too bad, a very nice person who simply had a run of bad luck.

Big Dan was originally a horse for competition pulling. After he was retired from pulling, he has been mostly a pasture pet who has been ridden a little here and there. A giant teddy bear with a ton of personality, wait until this mountain of a horse fills out a bit, what a sight he will be!

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MHWF, Inc.

We have repeatedly attempted to get an answer from the Wood County District Attorney's office regarding charges against Roy's owner to no avail.

 The case is sitting on the desk of Assistant District Attorney Michael Zell.

Mr. Zell has given many excuses as to why he has not or may not charge Roy's owner, all we feel are not valid.

 So here is what we need to do to try and get justice moving in this case.

 Contact the District Attorney's office by phone or email asking for information and asking for justice to be served for the death of Roy, the horse who was starved to death in Wood County back in September.

Please, please keep in mind you catch more flies with honey than vinegar so BE POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL!

 We only have the email address of Mr. Zell's boss, District Attorney Craig Lambert, so kindly ask Mr. Lambert to forward your email or to handle the matter himself.

 You can also call and ask to speak to either Mr. Zell or Mr. Lambert.

The time is now. It is time to flood the Wood County District Attorney's office with calls and emails so they know that as tax payers and the people that pay their salaries that we want the laws upheld in the county for everyone, including animals.

Remember BE POLITE.

Thank you for caring about Roy.

 Phone number: 715-421-8515

Email: Craig.lambert@da.wi.gov


PO Box 8095

Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

 Feel free to copy and use this photo in your correspondence with the Wood County District Attorney's office.

 Thank you all for caring about Roy and justice in his case!

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Look for a story about Roy on the news tonight at 6 and 10!

WSAW Chanel 7: Wausau


Amy P.
What a heart retching story, God bless the hero's that come to the aide of the less fortunate..Roy was given one last gift before his departure to the great pastures in the sky...and that was love..and love is the greatest gift anyone can give....
Belva M. Bowden is charged with intentionally mistreating an animal. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine. Bowden's initial appearance on the charge is scheduled for Feb. 6. The criminal complaint was not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.
Donna M
To say I'm disappointed would be putting it mildly. "Intentionally mistreating"? What about causing death? In my humble opinion, the only reason this person was charged is because of the heat the DA's office received from concerned citizens pointing out the gravity of the situation and the media attention it generated. In turn, they seemingly chose a slap on the wrist to quiet the critics. I try hard to refrain from judgment and anger but I just might have to make an exception here. 

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A Wood County prosecutor has filed a misdemeanor charge against a 57-year-old Babcock woman suspected of letting a horse starve to death. The charges come more than three months after the animal's death.

Belva M. Bowden is charged with intentionally mistreating an animal. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine. Bowden's initial appearance on the charge is scheduled for Feb. 6. The criminal complaint was not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

Wood County Humane Officer Nanci Olson filed a request for charges with the Wood County District Attorney's Office Oct. 12, according to reports received by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin through an open records request. Olson requested a felony charge of mistreatment of an animal causing death, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Bowden owned a horse named Roy, which a Babcock resident found on State 80 at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 26, according to the documents. The horse was retrieved by Bowden, who later voluntarily gave it to the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, based in Pittsville.

RELATED: Horse starves to death, but no charges yet

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The Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation worked out a treatment program for the horse, but Roy died on Oct. 2. Karen Bayerl, who co-directs the foundation with her husband, Scott, said when they found Roy was unable to stand, they knew they needed to call an emergency veterinarian to have the animal euthanized. Karen Bayerl held Roy's head in her lap and fed Roy a big bowl of feed — something she had not been able to do for the horse before, because its system wouldn't have handled it — while they waited for the vet.

Wood County Assistant District Attorney Michael Zell said last week that he hadn't filed charges sooner because the District Attorney's Office is understaffed and he hadn't had time to study the case.

You can contact reporter Karen Madden at 715-424-7308, karen.madden@gannettwisconsin.com or follow her on Twitter @KMadden715.

As I take a deep breath - tears seem to just fall again on my desk, that picture of that lad with mush on his happy beak will never leave me.

What lowly state allows a person to watch an animal starve to death.  I would give my critters every last ounce of my food before letting them emaciate in pain like that.  Your entrusted friend had to finally escape to get any care.  It just so happened it was about 2 weeks too late.  Actually am sure more like 2 years too late.  What was the look on Roy's face when he would see you by the fence???  That will be your eternal hell Belva to see that look on Roy's face your remaining years.  Don't worry about seeing him on the other side of the fence - your not going where he and some of us are going!

If you needed help - you should have simply asked - anyone - when it comes to life and death - death is kind of the the bad one esc. when it hurts so bad to starve to death Belva, Painful demise 

Sandy K
Although I am sure most of us are disappointed with only the misdemeanor charge , on the positive side it won't be a lengthy costly trial as with a felony where the obviously guilty still plead innocent and drag it out for years which also inflicts great emotional cost on all who want to see justice done . Also , by being charged , her name is made public and she will know all eyes are upon her , vigilantly watching her for any further abuse/neglect . It is still a big step in the right direction for animal abuse/neglect awareness and an important show of solidarity for those who have zero tolerance for abuse/neglect .
I would suggest everyone contact their state representative, to try and put some teeth into our Wisconsin laws. Roy's story, being so fresh, and a good example, may help get support to strengthen Wisconsin laws.  Illinois has much better laws, than Wisconsin does, in dealing with animal cruelty and neglect.  Wisconsin law is pitiful, to put it mildly.  I would like to see mandatory penalties and no plea bargains, and in a case like Roy's, for sure, longer in jail sentenced. 
Court date coming up:  

Type 2
Court Official
09:00 am
Wood County Circuit Court Branch 3
Initial appearance
Wolf, Todd P

(video at link) 

BABCOCK, Wis. (WSAW) -- An attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Belva Bowden, a Babcock woman accused of starving a horse that had to be put down.


Bowden, 57, faces a misdemeanor of intentionally mistreating animals.

Her initial appearance was scheduled at 9 a.m. at the Wood County courthouse.

Bowden did not appear in-person, her attorney entered a plea for her.

At least a dozen of Roy's supporters, like Scott Bayerl, filled one side of the courtroom.

"We are here today to show support for attorney Zell for taking on this case," Bayerl said.

Witnesses said the horse, named Roy, was found by drivers on the side of a highway in Wood County in September.

Court documents show that on Sept. 26, 2016, a Wood County humane officer made contact with Bowden in regards to Roy.

When the officer arrived at Bowden's home, she noted there was some grain in a feed bin, a shelter, and a large bale of moldy hay. Bowden said she had been using the hay to feed the horses.

The officer also noted about a dozen other hay bales in good condition, but they were not in a location her horses could access. 

When the officer asked Bowden why Roy was so thin, she responded that Roy was older and had not been eating and that she had not sought out any veterinary care for him.

The veterinarian who tried to save the horse said he had to be put down because nursing him back to health risked making him suffer a slower, more painful death.

Roy was put down in early October.

Bayrel said he and his fellow supporters were not surprised by Bowden's absence, or plea.

"It is what it is. Very few people are going to come in and plead guilty. They're going to plead not guilty. They get their day in court. Hopefully the court will listen to both sides and make a decision based on the actual facts."

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