An Essex woman is facing 41 charges of animal negligence [abuse] after her starving and badly neglected horses were seized on September 20. Shelley Wing, owner of On a Wing and a Prayer Farm in New York did not provide care and sustenance to her horses and is deemed to be in outright violation of the New York State Agriculture and Markets law, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Wing was served a summons on September 23 and her arraignment in Essex Town Court was scheduled for 6 p.m.
Authorities were originally alerted by a concerned citizen and told about the neglected horses. After a search warrant was issued, the animals were checked out and removed. There were malnourished and injured horses. All the animals are now receiving appropriate feed and water and medical treatment.
Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Major David Reynolds, spoke with the Press-Republican. He said,
We had three separate vets check them out. The three vets determined that they were in poor health.
Sheriff Rich Cutting, Essex County Sheriff, said,
I cannot go into too much detail about the state of the animals at the time of the seizure, while the investigation continues. But this is one of the most severe cases of neglect I have seen in my many years of law enforcement. Obviously with 40 horses there is a lot of work ahead to bring these horses back to a healthy state once again.
The majority of the horses are being stabled at the Essex County Fairgrounds. The area is blocked off to the curious public and reporters. The posted sign states IMPOUNDED ANIMALS. NO UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY. HORSES UNDER STRICT VET CARE. DO NOT FEED, HANDLE OR APPROACH ANY HORSE. BY ORDER OF ESSEX COUNTY SHERIFF.
According to the law, Essex County is providing temporary shelter for the horses because of the determination by veterinarians that they were seriously neglected and required urgent feed and care,
Wing was still a member of Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension Agricultural Program Committee earlier this year but at this writing, her status is not available.
To help with expenses associated with the costs and care of the horses, the Essex County Animal Cruelty Task Force is asking for needed donations from horse lovers and the public.
Checks, made payable directly to the Essex County Treasurer’s Office, can be mailed to P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. Write Horse Care on the memo line.
Please call Tam Mrose of the Animal Cruelty Task Force at 834-7849 for additional information.
Wing was unavailable for comment.
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