Lawyers appeal dismissal of lawsuit filed on horse's behalf

The horse named Justice was discovered in March 2017 covered in lice, and 300 pounds underweight.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 6:59 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Attorneys for a once-neglected horse are filling an appeal after an Oregon judge dismissed their lawsuit last year, finding that animals don't have a right to sue.

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The horse named Justice was discovered in March 2017 covered in lice, 300 pounds (136 kilograms) underweight and with frostbitten genitals.

Washington County Pro Tem Judge John Knowles tossed the lawsuit in September, saying "non-human animals are incapable of accepting legal responsibilities."

He said granting legal standing to animals could result in a "flood of lawsuits."

The animal rights activists argue the state Supreme Court has already recognized that animals can be considered victims under the state's animal cruelty statute.

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