Wednesday, December 26, 2018



Neglect of two thoroughbred horses leads to arrest


One of the emaciated horses peaks out of the paddock

PUTNAM VALLEY – A Putnam Valley man has been arrested and charged with two counts of cruelty to animals after Putnam County SPCA officers executed a warrant and removed two extremely neglected, gelded, thoroughbred horses.

Paul O’Dair of 16 South Highland Road in Putnam Valley, where the animals were found, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty. He was remanded to the Putnam county Jail.

The horses, located at 16 South Highland Road in Putnam Valley, suffered from severe emaciation, said SPCA Chief Ken Ross.

The animals had no grain, and no grass to graze, he said. They were in “filthy un-mucked stalls, feces strewn about the paddock” and were neglected and in “extremely unsafe conditions.”

The horses also had other issues showing severe neglect, Ross said.

O’Dair face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of both counts, Ross said.



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