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4 years of Animals' Angels investigations show pattern of abuse and neglect

The fierce cruelty of the Sugarcreek Auction in Ohio has continued unabated for several years. These overwhelming acts of cruelty by Baker and his employees are well-documented by Animals' Angels. We have worked constantly, relentlessly with authorities.   
Horses in kill pen Horses in Baker's kill pen

Thus far law enforcement and government authorities have been ineffective in either stopping Leroy Baker, owner of Sugarcreek Auction, or forcing him clean up his act. It is true that the USDA fined him for $162,000, but after 2 years Baker has not paid the fine and records show no effective attempt has been made to collect from him.

Our continuing work and investigations show that Baker certainly has changed nothing, has learned nothing and has no desire to change.

Animals' Angels believes we cannot continue to accept the ongoing suffering animals endure due to the ignorance and apathy of Baker and Sugarcreek Auction. We need your help to be effective in waking up the authorities.

Mare left to die in auction pen Mare left to die in auction pen

The auction is a major slaughter auction. Approx. 95% of all horses that go through the sale go to slaughter. Baker himself shipped more than 3000 horses to plants in Canada and Mexico in 2009.  In the horse slaughter business for more than a decade, he has an astonishingly long history of violations of humane laws.

Animals' Angels has been investigating Sugarcreek Auction since 2007, documenting unthinkable abuse and cruelty in their daily operation. We have filed countless complaints and several cases are pending against Baker based on our evidence. To many the evidence indicating his guilt is completely obvious. To some it appears that USDA, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and local enforcement agencies are in some way complicit, protective or afraid of Mr. Baker.


Click here to read the compilation report...


Watch the video of Sugarcreek Auction... (Warning - Graphic Content)


Review some of the Transport of Equines to Slaughter violations and other violations... 


Horse dying after being kicked & trampled Horse dying, after being kicked & trampled

After four years of solid work at the Sugarcreek Auction, Animals' Angels current investigations show that the conditions remain unacceptable:


Typically upon arrival, investigators find emaciated, injured, lame, sick, infected, blind, heavily pregnant and dead horses; horses subjected to extremely rough handling, hitting horses with full force across the face; extreme overcrowding, and horses being trampled to death - due to ignorant and cruel handling. Virtually without exception auction veterinarians refuse care. 


Animals' Angels is currently filing new complaints at state and federal levels. To be as effective as possible, Animals' Angels is asking you to help push these efforts to the next level. We have damning evidence against Baker and you can make Baker's cruel history roar and resonate more in the ears of authorities. 


Horse injured in overcrowded pen Horse injured after fight in overcrowded auction pen


Would you help us raise our voices to say no human being can continue to accept this cruelty and ignorance? 


Thank you for making a difference and for being there for these animals!

Please contact:  

 Sugarcreek Mayor

Jeremiah Johnson

Phone: 330-852-2271


Tuscarawas County Visitors Bureau

124 East high Avenue

New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Phone: 330-602-2420

Fax: 330-602-2433


County Commissions of Tuscarawas

Chris Abbuhl

Kerry Metzger

Jim Sheldenright

125 East High Avenue

New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Phone: 330-365-3240

Fax: 330-602-7483


Sugarcreek Police

Chief Kazzar

202 Fairview Rd

Sugarcreek, OH 44681


Tuscarawas County Humane Society

6895 Dover-Zoar Rd

Dover, OH 44622



Tuscarawas Chamber of Commerce

1323 4th Street NW

New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Don Hoffman (Iterim President/CEO)


Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

8995 East Main Street

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

James Zehringer (Chairman of the Board)


Ohio Department of Agriculture

Dr. Tony Forshey (State Veterinarian)

Phone: 614-728-6220


State Representatives

Ohio Senate

State Senator Joe Schiavoni, D. (33rd District)

Senate Building, 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor

Columbus,OH 43215

Phone: 614-466-8285


State Senator Jason Wilson, D. (30th District)

Senate Building, 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor

Columbus,OH 43215

Phone: 614-466-6508


Ohio House

State Rep. Al Landis, R. (96th District)

77 S High Street, 11th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-719-6996



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Posted: Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:44 pm
Tags: help horses animal ohio abuse auction needed sugercreek [add/edit tags]

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Raffi LidoRoiz (312)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 4:01 pm
Sharing on Facebook, Ginger ;-(

. (0)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:34 pm

Debra S. (4)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:00 am
This is terrible. Perhaps following up with the USDA regarding the unpaid fine will help. I would have to do some research, but I think if left unpaid, a judgment would be filed, attached to the property itself. (At least I know that is true regarding state level.) Sending the mayor an email, perhaps he will be so kind to help these poor, suffering beings!

june bullied (553)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 2:55 pm
wtf? this is appalling. will forward to all. good luck and god bless.

Cyrille D. (129)
Friday March 18, 2011, 8:46 am
Awfulness never cease to expand can such cruelty be part of this world ? This just goes far beyond my understanding.

Anna F. (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:35 pm
How this can be called a business is beyond understanding. Not only should the business be shut down, but all those involved should be charged with animal cruelty and barred from ever working with animals again. We have got to wake up and get some morals to guide us, this is just barbaric.

Anna F. (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:40 pm
I sent the letters independently. But in order to get more people to contact them, is there a way to put together a petition or even pre written letter for people to cut and past etc.? Thanks so much Ginger, really terrific work. Thank you!

DORIS L. (61)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:43 pm
This is a horror and must end.

FRANk C. (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:53 pm
Why aren't the authorities doing something about this? Maybe this proves we are paying them for nothing and we should do away with their departments! What good are they doing for us?

may Howie (259)
Friday March 18, 2011, 1:18 pm
why has this been allowed to go on?Those poor horses,we will never know the pain and suffering they went through,the so called HUMANS deserve to die for this,i hope they rot in hell

Bracha Kay (31)
Friday March 18, 2011, 1:43 pm
Here is a list of emails that you can copy and paste:,,,,,,,,,,,,

Tarlo Vladimir (50)
Friday March 18, 2011, 2:04 pm
All these sadists should be sent to jail forver.

Lou Peluso (3)
Friday March 18, 2011, 2:47 pm
What does it take for justice to take hold on this slaughterhouse/auction. I find the judicial system that allows Baker to continue his attrocities as guilty as Baker himself for not doing the right thing here. Close this operation down NOW! Prosecute Baker and those who helped him commit these atrocities to the fullest extent the law allows, and then some. Where is the justice? Where are your moral/ethical standards? Do your jobs and get this scumbag out of this operation and behind bars.

Lesley Currie (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:10 pm
This is beyond my understanding. Shameful.

Linda Jenkins (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:20 pm
Why has this place and the owner been shut down? This is horrendous!

A T L. (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:20 pm
I am a horse owner. I have been around horses for over 60 years. This kind of scum bag needs to be held responsible for what he is doing. As for Ohio, nothing surprises me when it comes to taking care of things like this.

michelle t. (41)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:23 pm
These cruel bastards must be heald accountable for this vile animal cruelty. An yee for an eye.Why haven't the authorities stepped in to stop this barbaric animal torture?

Marliese B. (64)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:35 pm
How terrible! Those people are a shame for the human race! They all should be treated the same way than the poor animals. I have no pardon at all for these horrible animal tormentors. It's unbelievable that the authorities haven't yet stopped these cruelties. Shame on them too! It pains my heart!

Judy Cook (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 4:49 pm
This is not a business ----- it is a torture chamber. As usual where are the authorities ? Disgusting, unbelievable sadistic morons.

Michelle S. (455)
Friday March 18, 2011, 6:14 pm
Thank you for the post. I am a member of Animals Angels. I encourage each commenter here to visit the site and contribute through monetary donation. Even a little will help. They cannot continue these investigations without your help.

Sharon Wight (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:08 pm
Put the idiot in prison for life like he deserves.


B abbey (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:27 pm
please can we have a Facebook share and petition to spread the word of this HORRIFIC ABUSE??

Willetta s. (3)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 8:26 am

Nancy Wang (16)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:00 pm
By ignoring these lawless criminals of cruel behavior, you are indicting yourself as being just as cruel. Please call upon your compassion, decency and love of life to deal with this issue. It is beyond insanity that you have not. Shame on you!

Mike and Janis B. (7)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 2:47 pm
What sort of state government are you to allow such treatment of these creatures. Why is this creep not paying his fines and being prosecuted by you.

Cindy Lindh (3)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 4:55 pm
One can not be blind to the needs and suffering of animals unless blind to the needs and suffering of people.

Keeta Beaubien (0)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:37 pm
Please have some sympathy for these unwanted abused horses. They did NOT ask for this to happen and do NOT deserve to be treated this way. Thanks

Lisa Zarafonetis (174)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 10:59 pm
I'm Sharing on Facebook.
We need a petition for this cruelty!!! :(

Elisabeth Rodda (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:19 am
Don't people care that these noble animals are being treated in this manner. Let USDA know and take action.

Zuleyma VASQUEZ (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 11:32 am
The authorities do not do anything because they are cold, callous, unfeeling and are not there to serve humans, animals nor protect the environment. They only serve the needs of the corporate elitist cabal, like all of us do unknowingly. They only care about increasing their power and control over everybody. Wake up people you are being controlled!

Lee M. (1)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:51 pm
The reason the authoritis or officials of USDA and other agencies don't get involved is they are all in this together. Baker gives them kick backs - don't you get it. It's been going on for years with Sugarcreek and Crowley Auction in Agawam, MA as well as other horse auctions. The "officials" are the ones who are allowing this tragedy to continue and they get their dough - what a shame....

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:45 pm
This operation should be shutdown and the operators prosecuted.

Nathalie Martel (5)
Monday April 18, 2011, 12:24 pm
These violations are a blatant disregard to social values of empathy and civility. How much longer must individuals be allowed to treat animals this way? In which universe is this acceptable?

Ashley Piechocki (55)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 9:45 am
I have heard this. The owner should be in jail!!! Has any justice been served for these poor horses?

???? ????? (8)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 2:55 am
Какой ужас!эти жестокие ублюдки должны быть наказаны.


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