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June 17, 2009 Update     [Suzi and Whiskey News]
June 17, 2009

Dear Friends,

They are horses. Her name is Suzi. Her friend is called Whiskey.

The previous photos are graphic--but they are real. They are documentation of just how much suffering was inflicted on these two innocent animals at the hands of the person responsible for their care: Keum H. Lee. Look at them, please, and then take action: to assure punishment to the person who caused them such pain, and to protect the future health and happiness of these animals. Please, stand up to send the message, loud and clear, that animal abuse in New York State will not be tolerated, and will be punished, with a vengeance.

Please: stand up for Suzi, who has hurt so much, for so long. Please: join forces with others who care. Be her voice. Tell her story. Defend her right to live without pain and suffering. Please: send the message that there are people who will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, with voices, with letters, with phone calls, with faxes, with their hearts and minds, with their outrage--outrage that animal cruelty is not viewed as an accountable crime, outrage that people can do such things and be allowed to walk away--often with the very animal they tortured beside them, heart hammering in fear.

Look at Suzi and consider just what it is this sweet horse has endured at the hands of the person entrusted to care for her. One count of misdemeanor cruelty is the charge, when Suzi's pain went on for days, and months, and is still going on. Suzi is still receiving daily visits from the vet. Should this person be allowed to receive Suzi back again? That is Keum H. Lee's plan: she has refused to surrender ownership of these horses. Should the fact that she starved Suzi's companion be dismissed, as if that suffering did not occur, was not worthy of mention in the charges against this person?

The Defendant: Keum H. Lee, female, age 58, occupation: physicist

The Story:
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090428/NEWS/904280324

On the night of Thursday, April 16th, near midnight, a call reporting a horse loose on a Wallkill road came in to the police station. The attending police officer reported "it smells like the horse's face is rotting off"--which indeed, was exactly the case. On Friday, April 17th, Animal Control and an equine vet went to the property of the horses' caregiver, Keum H. Lee, to investigate.

Suzi, a palomino mare, was declared to be approximately 600 hundred pounds underweight, and suffering from extreme untended facial wounds, and infection. Her companion, called Whiskey, was found to be approximately 200 pounds underweight. Under the direction of the investigating veterinarian, the horses were immediately transported to Equine Rescue Inc., a local equine rescue organization, for proper care and rehabilitation. Everyone's heart went out to these two survivors--and yet, they are hardly now in a situation that can be called safe.

The Case

Although reportedly charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Keum H. Lee is now charged with only one count. This, despite the obvious, documentable, and agonizing suffering and starvation imposed on Suzi, and the obvious neglect and starvation of Whiskey. Keum H. Lee has yet to pay one vet bill. She has refused to surrender her right to care for these animals. She is, in fact, pleading Not Guilty to the single charge against her--despite the overwhelming evidence of her abuse.

Keum H. Lee will go to trial on Wednesday, June 24.

The Abuse:

Removal of Suzi's halter revealed wounds filled with maggots. Because a salivary duct on the right side of her face was crushed during the ongoing ordeal, and the condition was not treated, saliva now leaks out through her jawbone. After a six hour operation, Suzi is reported as not recovering well.

Prior to Suzi escaping to the road--an act that likely saved her life--numerous reports had been filed regarding abusive conditions for animals at Keum H. Lee's address. No action was taken by authorities until Suzi was reported loose in the road--at which time, action was taken because the situation was suddenly, a public safety one.

What Is Going To Happen?

If no one cares, and no one acts, this is what will happen: Keum H. Lee will be found Guilty, or found Not Guilty, of misdemeanor animal abuse. If found Guilty, which is the likely outcome, she will pay a small fine. The horses will be returned to her--despite the statement of the examining equine veterinarian and the observations of the clinic veterinarians that these horses suffered, were starved, were abused--despite the documented agonies she has already inflicted on these animals: the horses will be
returned to Keum H. Lee.

The Alternative: Express Your Outrage!

You can make a difference. Person by person. Caring heart by caring heart, we can make a difference in the lives of these two horses.

1. Please: call, write, and fax the following people and politely and intelligently DEMAND:

• that the correct felony charges be brought against Keum H. Lee for her willful and extreme neglect and abuse;
• that Keum H. Lee be charged on separate counts for the abuse inflicted on two different animals;
• that Keum H. Lee NOT be allowed to receive these animals back under ANY circumstances;
• that Keum H. Lee be required to pay for all related veterinary care provided;
• that Keum H. Lee be refused the right to care for any animals as long as she lives in the state of New York.

2. Please forward the story of Suzi and her companion, and how they have suffered and are suffering still, to everyone you know, and ask them to stand up with you in support of helping these two horses to a life of health and safety.

Who to Contact: Express Your Outrage!

Francis D. Phillips, District Attorney
255 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: (845) 291-2050
Fax: (845) 291-2085
fphillips@co.orange.ny.us

Andy Kass, Esq.
c/o Orange County District Attorney's Office
18 Seward Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
Phone: 845-615-3640
Fax: (845) 346-1189

Tanya Beamer, Esq.
c/o Orange County District Attorney's Office
18 Seward Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
Phone: 845-615-3640
Fax: (845) 346-1189

From the hearts of these horses to our hearts, and from our hearts to yours: thank you for caring . And, thank you for acting. Together, we can save them. Please help.

Linda Brink
Director, Sunnyskies Bird & Animal Sanctuary
Warwick, NY
www.sunnyskiesbirdsanctuary.org

Lynda Broas
Director, Equine Rescue Inc.
www.equine-rescue.org

Kerry Clair and Matt DeAngelis
Directors, Pets Alive
Middletown, NY
www.petsalive.com

Lucy Muller
Cragsmoor, NY