How to Investigate Animal Cruelty in NY State – A Manual of Procedures
Example 7 – Neglected Large Animals: Starving Horses
A complainant called the local humane agency and reported that numerous horses on the property of a resident were not being fed and appeared to be starving.
The humane agency had been to the same property in the recent past to investigate a complaint that the horses were not being fed. The owners had been told to worm the horses and increase their feed. The owner had agreed to cooperate at that time.
- Based on an interview of the complainant and the past knowledge of the cruelty investigator, the humane agency applied for a search warrant and contacted the sheriff’s department. A local veterinarian was contacted to be present when the warrant was executed.
- The sheriff’s department entered the property to execute the warrant, along with the humane society and the veterinarian.
- They found emaciated horses as well as two dead horses and a dead foal. There was no food or water available.
- The humane agency and sheriff’s deputies took photographs of the animals and their surroundings.
- The emaciated horses were seized and taken to the animal shelter.
- The veterinarian examined the animals and provided a signed statement as to their condition.
- The owner was ordered to bury the dead horses based on Section 377 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
The individual involved was charged with 5 counts of violating Article 26 Section 353 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
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