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Frye v. County of Butte, C069500

A mandamus petition challenging the administrative findings that sustained the defendant-county's seizures of plaintiffs' horses is affirmed, where: 1) the ruling by the first trial court was not "law of the case;" 2) the findings by the hearing officers that the information known to the animal control officers at the time of the respective seizures gave reasonable grounds to believe "very prompt action" was needed to protect the horses was sufficient to show that those officers acted lawfully; and 3) the trial court's references to local ordinances were unnecessary, and therefore even if they were erroneous in some manner, any error was not prejudicial.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/27/2013
  • Published 11/27/2013




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