Court to rule on Georgia horse seizure law

An obscure Georgia law that allows state agriculture officials to seize starving horses is the target of a federal lawsuit before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Edna Reams says the state Agriculture Department of seizing 46 horses from her southwest Georgia farm without due process. She is scheduled to ask the federal court today to overturn the law. The legal challenge exposes a little-known Georgia law - the Humane Care for Equines Act - that allows state officials to seize ailing horses.

The department said it receives more than 1,200 complaints about equine abuse each year, and it took 301 horses from their owners last year alone.