August 21, 2013. A 52-year-old Ridge woman, Cynthia Schultes, is charged with five separate counts of animal cruelty. The horses are owned by Schultes and were in her care. Five out of nine horses were deemed to be extremely underweight. The Suffolk Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals served the arrest.
Schultes runs her business at the farm where the horses are kept. She rents out carriage horses for special events such as weddings. The conditions of the five horses clearly show mistreatment and animal cruelty and charges by the Suffolk County SPCA were issued on those five animals.
The five Schultes horses from were removed and brought to an out-of-state boarding stable. At this safe haven, the horses were thoroughly examined by a horse veterinarian who determined neglect.
Said SPCA chief Roy Gross,
One horse was near death, anemic and had to have an eye removed because of long-term neglect. If you have a limousine, you got to take care of it. You need that for your livelihood.
Gross went on,
This is a living being. Why wouldn't you take care of it? Besides being underweight, the horses had various medical problems that had gone untreated for some time and required immediate attention
Schultes has been booked into First District Court in Central Islip on October 17. The fine for each of Schultes’ misdemeanor charges can bring a year in jail, or a $1,000 fine, or both.
The SPCA detectives are pleased by their follow-up visit to the boarding facility. The horses are improving with medical treatment, good care and adequate food.
Schultes makes no comment, based on her attorney’s advice.
The four remaining horses on Schultes’ property appear healthy. However, their safety and care is under discussion with the Suffolk district attorney’s office.
Source: News Day
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