Alleged embezzler Rita Crundwell takes the prize. AQHA Photo.

US Marshals Service chooses auctioneer for Crundwell horses

CBS Channel 11 News Station WIFR reports:

Alleged embezzler Rita Crundwell takes the prize. AQHA Photo.
Alleged embezzler Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, takes the prize. Feds seized 300 of her horses when the former comptroller was charged in connection with the misappropriation of anywhere from $30M to $53M. Six of the Crundwell horses have died they were taken. The remaining horses will be sold at auction. AQHA Photo.

DIXON (WIFR) — We now have a better idea of when Rita Crundwell’s hundreds of horses will be up for sale. The U.S. Marshals Service has awarded a contract to an auctioneer.

This is the release from the U.S. Department of Justice:

“The U.S. Marshals Service has awarded a contract to Professional Auction Services of Round Hill, Virginia, for the U.S. District Court-ordered dispersal of horses and related equipment belonging to former city of Dixon, Illinois, Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell.

“The contract will run from August 1 to September 30, 2012. The agreement will offer buyers the opportunity to bid at a live auction at the Crundwell Red Brick Road farm, along with the opportunity to place bids on the contractor’s website. The auction dates are anticipated for mid-September and will be released by the contractor on or before August 1.”

Private sales will not be allowed. Read full report >>


:: Six Crundwell horses dead; WIFR; July 18, 2012.

:: Feds take over 300 horses from suspected Illinois embezzler; Tuesday’s Horse; May 5, 2012.

3 thoughts on “US Marshals Service chooses auctioneer for Crundwell horses”

    1. WIFR who has been reporting on this from the beginning say:

      Since the U.S. Marshals Service started caring for the horses on May first, six of them have died. Several at the Dixon ranch, one in Wisconsin and one in Texas.

      Most of them were under veterinary care before they died. The first passed away on May 3rd from bacteria in the blood. The second died on June 4th from pneumonia, a third died on June 20th. The foal was found in a field at the Dixon ranch. Authorities say it also had a heart murmur. On June 21st a horse in Texas died from colic. On July 5th an older horse died from kidney failure. And on July 11th another horse died from kidney failure.

      There’s a video report too:

      WIFR also say that 400 horses were seized. Other media are sticking with 300 horses.

      The Horse (magazine) says:

      On July 19, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Jason Wojdylo said that between May 3 and July 5 six of the Crundwell horses, most of them foals, had died of various causes. All were under veterinary care, he said.

      “Of the foals, one died of bacteria in the blood, another from pneumonia, the rest from a combination of heat and a heart murmur, and renal failure,” he said. “Another horse that was not a foal died of colic and a 26-year-old horse died of kidney failure.”


  1. STOP THE BREEDING! It sounds crazy, but we must make ALL breeding of animals in this country illegal. Of course it would be impossible to impose, but it would eliminate so much needless suffering. We are so overpopulated with animals to last the next century.


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