Jessica York, the owner of 50 endangered Caspian horses in Houlton, Maine is firing back at concerned citizens that reported her for cruelty to animals. State troopers served Cindy and Chris Johansen with an “Order of Protection” yesterday, preventing them from taking further pictures of the cruelty from public property. Concerned citizens originally reported the cruelty to authorities in 2013, and say no action has been taken against the negligent horse owner. Some claim that’s because York’s father, Dick York is a prominent business man, owning several car dealerships, an auto repair shop and serves on the board of directors for several additional area organizations.
The protection order, claims in part, there have been “8 noted drive bys” and they are “taking unauthorized pics of my farm.” York went on to state “Untruthful posts to Facebook pages and web pages and articles caused to be written in publications (atombash.com) June 2015.” Lastly, York was sure to note that “I am in immediate and present danger of physical abuse or extreme emotional distress.” It was unclear whether she was referring to the horses that she owns, or herself. York went so far as to call the concerned citizens “terrorists,” according to court documents.
York also claims that her horses escaped because the Johansen family “broke the gates,” causing her horses to escape. However, when she was interviewed by an Aroostook news outlet regarding the incident, York said “With this breed, even if they do get out it’s just to get to the next hay bale to eat, which is why we have them.” York never mentioned the Johansen family in that interview.
The Johansen family says they have been documenting the cruelty since earlier this year, always while standing on public property. Today, Cindy Johansen told atombash.com that “These are bogus claims,” said Johansen, “We will be pursuing these allegations in court.” In fact, last month, Chris Johansen, a former deputy with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department was fired for investigating the cruelty when other authorities refused to do so. Johansen said he was fired despite obtaining permission from his superiors beforehand.
This long-term police corruption has taken a toll on Cindy and Chris Johansen, along with several other concerned citizens, they say. However, they will not be deterred, telling atombash.com that the “intimidation” by the York family and their authorities will not be tolerated. They started a petition, which has reached nearly 8,000 signatures, calling on authorities to take action.
Update 7/1/15: HLN/CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell urges authorities to take action – CLICK HERE.