Mother & brother of Ag. official to face animal cruelty charges

March5, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Georgia authorities plan to extradite
family members of a suspended South Carolina agriculture department
official to face animal cruelty charges.

Jeffeson County, Georgia, sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Kitchens says
the brother and mother of Assistant South Carolina Agriculture
Commissioner James Trexler will be taken to Georgia tomorrow.

Kitchens says Terry Trexler and his mother, Hazelene Trexler,
each face 30 charges of animal cruelty, as well as 25 counts of
moving horses that had been quarantined.

James Trexler is charged in a separate case in South Carolina.

Last week, 23 horses were discovered on South Carolina
properties leased by Hazelene and Terry Trexler. Five more were on
James Trexler's property, where he lives.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says another 17 horses linked to the Trexlers have been seized from a property in
his county.

Kitches says that in October, Georgia investigators found about
70 Arabian horses, including one that was already dead, on parched
land about 40 miles from Augusta.

Authorities placed all the horses under quarantine. But the
Trexlers and their horses disappeared. Now, authorities say 25 of
the horses have turned up in South Carolina.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.

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