S.C. official's mom, brother to face horse-neglect charges in Georgia

COLUMBIA -- The mother and brother of a suspended state agriculture official will be extradited to Georgia today to face charges they neglected horses and moved horses that were quarantined.

Hazelene Trexler, 70, and son Terry Trexler, 44, both of Sumter, each face 30 counts of animal cruelty and 25 counts of breaking quarantine, Jefferson County, Ga., sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Kitchens said.

Terry Trexler also is charged with letting animals run at large.

They are relatives of James Trexler, 48, of Hopkins, an assistant state agriculture commissioner.

All three face animal cruelty charges in South Carolina.

Seventy horses on property Hazelene Trexler and Terry Trexler leased in Lewisville, Ga., were quarantined after the Trexlers could not produce paperwork showing where the animals came from, Kitchens said.

A Georgia state agriculture inspector identified 25 horses that were moved to South Carolina last fall after the quarantine, Kitchens said.

Forty-five horses the family owned have been seized in Richland County on property near Eastover and two properties near Hopkins.

Many were malnourished, authorities said.

Hazelene Trexler and Terry Trexler will be held at the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center for 11 a.m. bail hearings Friday, Kitchens said.

In South Carolina, James Trexler faces five counts of ill treatment of animals, Hazelene Trexler faces 28 and Terry Trexler faces 23.

Terry Trexler also is charged with kidnapping, accused of blocking the path of a Humane Society investigator.

He and Hazelene Trexler are at the Richland County jail.