HORSE ABUSE CASE RESULTS IN 20-COUNT INDICTMENT
The Orange County Equestrian Community was reassured this week that a case which horrified equestrians and all animal lovers throughout our area, as well as some nationwide. A hearing this Tuesday is now resulting in what they have pushed for as “Justice for the Horses of Argus Farm”.
Farm owner Jeanne Ryan appeared before the Grand Jury on Tuesday, October 31, and was charged with 20 felony counts, including the following:
10 Felony Counts of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals
10 Misdemeanor Counts of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals
Orange County District Attorney, David Hoovler, made the following statement on Tuesday regarding the indictment:
“On July 29, 2017, investigators from the Hudson Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, with the assistance of the Town of Goshen Police Department, executed a search warrant at the barn located at Ryan’s residence in the Town of Goshen. Inside of the barn they discovered the severely decomposed remains of five horses, as well as a severely emaciated horse. Ryan was issued an Appearance Ticket made returnable in the Town of Goshen Court on September 13, 2017 in connection with misdemeanor animal cruelty charges District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Hudson Valley SPCA and the Town of Goshen Police Department for their work on the case and their investigation. The investigation into the treatment of the horses at Ryan’s farm continues.
“As a society we cannot tolerate the mistreatment of horses, and other companion animals, who cannot protect themselves,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “My office will continue to work with the SPCA and our other partners in law enforcement to protect animals from neglect and abuse. When appropriate, we will ask the grand jury to consider felony charges.”
Ryan will be arraigned in Orange County Court sometime next week.
Caption: Protesters attended Ryan’s initial hearing and demanded Justice for the Horses of Argus Farm (Photo provided)