A Piru man and his son were bound over for trial on charges of felony animal abuse after a motion to suppress evidence was denied by Municipal Judge John J. Hunter during a preliminary hearing Friday.
Alfred (Dale) Beem and his son Robert are scheduled to be tried in Superior Court on Oct. 12.
Defense lawyers sought to eliminate testimony and pictures taken by Ventura County Humane Society officers and a sheriff's deputy because they seized more than 100 emaciated horses, sheep and rabbits from corrals on Piru Canyon Road without a warrant.
Hunter ruled that while there was no precedent declaring animal neglect an emergency, Deputy Todd Hawley's observations gave officers probable cause to enter the property, and their actions were proper since "exigent circumstances" do not require a warrant.
"This is a place of chaos," Hunter said as he examined pictures of the site. "There is sufficient cause to believe the defendants may be guilty."