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Nosey the Elephant's Owners Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

Animals  (tags: Animal Welfare, animal welfare, Noseyabuse, animalcruelty )

- 305 days ago -
Nosey owners, Hugo Liebel and his wife, were booked into the Lawrence County Jail this morning on animal cruelty charges related to the elephant!


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Past Member (0)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 12:38 pm
about time too

Kathleen M (211)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 12:45 pm
About effing time! Thx for sharing Beth.

Lesa D (27)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 2:13 pm

thank you, Beth...

Animae C (507)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 3:02 pm
The vid didn't specify, so i did a search & found ;

MOULTON, Ala. — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the owners of Nosey the elephant, Hugo Liebel and his wife, were arrested Saturday morning on animal cruelty charges.

WHNT News 19 is working to get more information on the arrests.

Testimony went well into the night Friday regarding the future of Nosey the elephant. Nosey was seized by animal control officers near Moulton earlier this year after a vehicle pulling the elephant’s trailer broke down.

There have been years of complaints about Nosey and the manner in which she is treated. Many people watching the case are curious to see if Nosey will be returned to her owner.

Friday saw a full day and evening of testimony regarding the care and condition of the animal.

Nosey was seized on November 9th after spending several days standing in a small trailer on the side of the road near Moulton. She was sent to The Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee pending the outcome of legal efforts to take her from her owner, Hugo Liebel, of Florida. Liebel has owned the elephant for some 34 years.

Animal rights activists maintain the elephant has a long history of abuse and neglect, and has otherwise led a very hard life.

“My concerns are that since 1994, if you look at the exhibits that were entered, the USDA has cited Liebel for the same violations, which are what we would call direct violations which directly affect her health and well being, and also the safety of the public,” according to Denise Gaug of the group Save Nosey Now. She added, “Insufficient barriers to contain an elephant puts the public at risk. Exposure to TB puts the public at risk, not to mention the inhumane conditions in which she’s been kept for over 30 years.” Gaug says Nosey has become the poster child for animal rights efforts regarding circus animals and other exotic animals hired out for show and display.

Liebel’s attorney, Billy Underwood, of Tuscumbia, says Lawrence County acted improperly when they seized the animal and refused to return her to her rightful owner. He said he is not overly optimistic of a favorable ruling in Lawrence County District Court. “I think we may lose it in District Court, but it’s been a good pre-game trial. Coach Saban would be proud of the team’s effort and we’ll go through the process and win it in front of 12 jurors,” Underwood told reporters Friday night.

He also put Lawrence County on notice saying Nosey's care and feeding right now at the sanctuary is costing about $900 a day. He estimates the final bill could exceed several hundred thousand dollars before the case is settled. He cautioned the county may have to pick up the tab for that and hinted he may also file a lawsuit against the county for what he called the wrongful seizure of the animal.

Liebel was the last to testify and told the court if he gets his elephant back, he'll take it home and love on it, but admitted he may take it back on the road as a means of making a living.

Walter F (129)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 4:34 pm
About time .Now let's hope Nosey now in an animal sanctuary away from harm and hurt.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 6:15 pm
Good to see that ones who have sinned, will finally be punished.Thanks Beth

Veronica B (34)
Sunday December 17, 2017, 12:23 am
Blessings and Praryers to Sweet Nosey!

Angela K (379)
Sunday December 17, 2017, 2:10 am
Justice for Nosey :-))))

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday December 17, 2017, 5:16 am

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Sunday December 17, 2017, 4:12 pm
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Helen away A (103)
Monday December 18, 2017, 7:21 am

SylvieBusy A (194)
Tuesday December 19, 2017, 3:35 am
Great news! Thank you

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Tuesday December 19, 2017, 1:52 pm
Tthat's great!
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