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Emaciated horses rescued, owner charged with cruelty     [Suzi and Whiskey News]
May 07, 2009

PHILLIPSPORT The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Wednesday arrested the owner of three emaciated horses found on his property in Phillipsport.

James A. Horton, 68, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in Mamakating town court on June 11.

Sheriff's Patrol Chief Art Hawker said the horses two stallions and a gelding displayed numerous signs of neglect: significant weight loss, internal parasites, hair loss and dental problems.

"Two of them are in really, really bad shape," said Lynda Broas of Equine Rescue in Bloomingburg, whose organization is now caring for the horses.

by Keith Goldberg