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Horse Abuse, Susan Matlock's Court Hearing And Arraignment (Rescheduled)Tomorrow

Susan Matlock's Wednesday Arraignment has been rescheduled for tomorrow Thursday Sept.9th at 9am.
It will be held at the Court House in Hillsboro OR in room 301C with Judge Gardner. This Arraignment for the 6 Animal Neglect charges will be dealt with at the same time as the court hearing on grounds of "probable cause to confinscate the animals."
Pete
Pete
Rosie
Rosie
BANKS, Ore. -- Six horses are recovering after being severely neglected and abused by a veterinarian, Susan Matlock.
"Most of these guys had so many worms and so many skin infections and they're eyes had gone flat because of dehydration," said Equine Rescue worker Krissy Matterson. One horse, Shetan, when rescued and taken out of the shed, squinted his eyes due to prolonged exposure to the darkness. Animal services seized the horses from Susan Matlock's property in Banks, where they were eating their own waste and wood from their stalls to survive. One of the horses (Pete), needs a $6,000 life-saving surgery next week. Donations are being accepted at Bank of the West.

"Most of these guys had so many worms and so many skin infections and they're eyes had gone flat because of dehydration," said Equine Rescue worker Krissy Matterson. One horse, Shetan, when rescued and taken out of the shed, squinted his eyes due to prolonged exposure to the darkness. Animal services seized the horses from Susan Matlock's property in Banks, where they were eating their own waste and wood from their stalls to survive. One of the horses (Pete), needs a $6,000 life-saving surgery next week. Donations are being accepted at Bank of the West.

Susan Matlock had a court hearing on Thursday on grounds of "probable cause to confinscate the animals." Her Attorney is Dan Taylor(Case# D043206M). There are 2 options, option 1 is that Judge Gardner forfiets ownership of the horses and option 2 is if Matlock wants her horses back she has to post a bond for the horses. The bond includes ALL the veterinary care which will be over $10,000. This case is seperate from the 6 counts of animal cruelty that Matlock will be arraigned for this Wednesday, Sept.8th at 9am with Judge Timothy Alexander in the Law Enforcement Center located in Hillsboro OR.

Matlock sat in the back corner of the court room by herself with a grim look on her face. Her grayish hair pulled back showing her cheek bones that resembled the evil look of Cruella DeVille.

The County Counselman, Elmer Dickens and District Attorney Sarah Allen, revealed photographs and footage taken the day the horses were rescued last month on Aug.5th 2004. The main focus was Pete, a Tennessee Walking Show Horse. The footage showed Pete barely being able to walk, hopping on his 2 back legs and his right front leg because his left front leg is in extreme pain. His left fetlock joint had an abcess draining from the large penetrating wound that was untreated by Matlock. Pete was diagnosed with septic arthritis, which is an infection of the joint. His skin was visibly unclean and he had large cubicle ulcers all over his body. Pete is in such bad condition that he either needs immediate surgery or humane euthunasia. The surgery alone will cost around $6,000. After surgery, Pete's after medical care will cost $1,500 to $2,000 a month. Pete and the other 5 horses were 300 to 400 pounds under weight and they are only 2-3 years old.

There were 2 witnesses, Dr. Jan Palmer who took care of Pete medically when they rescued him, and Annette Nochber who is the Field Supervisor for the Washington County Animal Services that helped with the rescuing of the horses. They both took the stand describing the neglect they had seen. Nochber described that the horses have been living inside a closed barn with no windows or ventilation, even on really hot days. There was puddles of urine and an over amount of feces everywhere. There was no food or water when she first checked on the horses and there was no bedding except for the matting that was covered with excretement.

On May 25th, Nochber received permission from Matlock to come out to her place every week to check on the horses living condition. Matlock was told by Washington County Animal Services that there was certain guidelines she needed to follow to keep her horses healthy or else she would have them taken away, for example, feeding, watering, veterinary care, a clean stable etc.

On June 21st, Nochber got a search warrent after Matlock refused to let Nochber to continue checking on the animals living condition. When Nochber came with the search warrent, Matlock was not there because she was in the hospital for unknown reasons. Matlock had her son take care of the place while she was in the hospital.

The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board disciplined Matlock after both Veterinarian clinics in Forest Grove and Lake Oswego closed and pet owners were unable to retrieve their records. How was she "disciplined" you may ask? She was fined $500. "That's not enough discipline for me," says Amber Heartwood, an animal rights activist. "She should have her veterinary license taken away and thrown in jail for a long time." Susan Matlock's vet license expires 12-31-04, so there is hope that she will not be able to renew it.

Matlock has been suspended from her work at the Banfield Pet Hospital in Hillsboro OR. The clinic is now conducting its own investigation into the allegations. Banfield's clinic director Karen Johnson stated "We do not condone inhumane care in any way. We know this doctor has always shown compassion to all pets in our hospital," Thats not what co-workers at the 2 other vet hospitals that closed down in Lake Oswego and Forest Grove said about Matlock to the Washington County Animal Services. After phone calling and talking to various vet clinics, it has been found that numerous people know of Matlock as a bad name. Did Banfield not look into her history before they hired her?

Are you ANGRY??? Do you want to do something about this issue?

Attend Matlocks Court Hearings:

Arraignment
Thursday,Sept.9th @ 9am
Law Enforcement Center in Hillsboro

Court Hearing "probable cause to confinscate the animals"
Thursday,Sept.9th @ 9am
Court House in Hillsboro

Check Out www.helpthehorses.org for more pics and more info on the conditions of the horses.

homepage:  http://www.helpthehorses.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.helpthehorses.org

Want To Do More?????? 08.Sep.2004 14:44

Mountain Gorilla (friend of beagle)

Call, fax, or pay a visit at Matlock's work,(Banfield Pet Hospital), and put pressure on them to fire her and tell them you will spread the word to all your friends and the people they know, that they have an animal abuser working for them if they don't fire her.

Banfield Pet Hospital
889 NE 25th Hillsboro OR
Phone:503-844-2774
Fax:503-844-5971
Bob Douglas # (handling suspension and Matlock)1-800-838-6738 Ext.7176

Call, email, and fax the Oregon Veterinary Board Of Examiners,who issue the vet licenses and tell them not to renew her license or to immediately take her license away.
Oregon Veterinary Board Of Examiners
Phone: 503-731-4051
Fax: 503-731-4207
Email:  OVMEBinfo@state.or.us

Call, email, write a letter, and fax Judge Gardner. Let him know how you feel about this issue (politely).
Judge Mark Gardner
Address: 150 N.1st Hillsboro,OR 97124-3083
Phone: 503-846-3503
Email: Garnettecone/wsh/ojd
Fax: (call to get fax)

Call and fax the District Attorney Sarah Allen and tell her (politely)
a large community is watching and cares about this case. It will not be forgotten! Keep up the pressure!
D.A. Sarah Allen
Phone: 503-846-8671
Fax: 503-846-3407

If you can get the contact info for Matlock's Attorney Dan Taylor, tell him what you think about him representing a psycho animal abuser.

Susan Matlock
Phone: 503-324-0297
Address: 49835 NW Staley Rd. Banks OR

You have Susan Matlock's phone # and address, do what you want with it. Even better here is the directions on how to get to her house. Take Hwy 26 to NW Fisher Rd.(across from Buxton), take a Left onto NW Fisher Rd and then another Left onto NW Staley Rd. Her house is at the end straight ahead, the barn/shed with no windows or ventilation is off to the right, I think that is where the horses were kept.

Keep Checking Portland Indymedia for more current info or post yourself when YOU get more info.

This is up to ALL of us! NOW GET ACTIVE!!!!!! Check Out www.helpthehorses.org for more pics and more info on the conditions of the horses.

Matlock's House
Matlock's House
Barn/shed the horses were possibly kept in
Barn/shed the horses were possibly kept in
Matlock's House
Matlock's House

Cribbing 08.Sep.2004 15:01

bellerophon

link to earlier comment, overtaken by this article on the Matlock matter:

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/09/296880.shtml#140239
"The Fall of Bellerophon" - Cusimano