Once again Jefferson County Sheriff Blair Olsen and Prosecutor Robin Dunn have charged animal welfare advocate, Andi Elliott, with trespassing.
Neighbors called Andi after multiple complaints about Dan Murdock’s (of Hamer, ID) half starved horses had been ignored by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
While Andi was taking pictures of the horses from the roadway, Murdock’s neighbor, Kent Young, came out to see why his dog was barking. Seeing Andi taking pictures of the Murdock horses in poor condition, Young began taking pictures of Andi taking pictures of the horses. Andi’s husband was there as a witness and was taking pictures of both Andi on the public roadway and of Young taking pictures of her. All photos were turned over to the JCSD.
The complaint said that Andi had returned to the Young’s property after being warned not to by Deputy John Clements. Andi has never even been on the Young’s property at all…not even the first time as she was taking pictures of horses across the street. (She did not realize at the time that neighbors had also made complaints about Young’s horse. Deputy Clements told her this information at a later date.) The state veterinarian has now been out to examine the horses and Deputy Clements told Andi that they were now being checked on a monthly basis and that the horses were gaining weight.
It was a little over a year ago, that Sheriff Olsen and Prosecutor Dunn failed miserably in trying to prosecute Andi for trespassing on the property of Raul Torres of Mud Lake, when they sent her out to offer assistance for the Torres’ mother dog left in the yard for 5 days before receiving outside help. Animal cruelty charges were never filed against Torres’ even with an Ada County veterinarian’s documentation of multiple broken legs.
Earlier this month, Andi released information on her newly published book, AND NONE WOULD HELP…Barbie, The Story of the Mother Dog with Broken Legs, which documents the failure of Olsen and Dunn to uphold Idaho’s animal cruelty laws and instead embarked on a vendetta against Andi (because of a previous horse starvation case in Menan, ID in which Olsen failed to act) and another rescuer from Boise.
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