Court Finds No Rights Abuse in Horse Seizure

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court says the owner of a southwest Georgia farm has shown no violation of her constitutional
rights when state agriculture officials seized dozens of horses.

Attorneys for Edna Reams contended her due process rights were
abused with the seizure of 46 horses and three donkeys in January
2006.

Officials said the animals were in precarious health because of inadequate food and water. They said there was no time for the hearing Reams claimed she should have had to contest the action
before the confiscation.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Monday that a federal judge correctly dismissed Reams' lawsuit. The panel found no violation of her due process rights, saying there were adequate state remedies available after the seizure to contest it.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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