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Greenfield man accused of neglecting horses

Greenfield man accused of neglecting horses

A Greenfield man was charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal abuse Tuesday after authorities
Greenfield man accused of neglecting horses
An unidentified volunteer holds one of four horses observed by a veterinarian to be malnourished at a farm in the town of Greenfield.

A Greenfield man was charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal abuse Tuesday after authorities said horses under his care at the Ann Arnold farm were malnourished.

James B. Foster, 40, pleaded not guilty in Greenfield Town Court to charges of failure to provide sustenance to three horses at a farm at 131 Wilton-Greenfield Road.

Arnold currently faces probation violation charges in the same court for allegedly keeping horses on her property in violation of a probation order. Arnold, 60, was convicted in 2012 of animal abuse for not taking care of horses on her property and last month was accused of still having horses on the property.

The charges against Foster stem from an ongoing state police investigation Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said included a search warrant executed Dec. 21. Murphy said a veterinarian working with state police inspected the horses and found two to be malnourished and had other health issues that were not being properly addressed.

The veterinarian also found a third horse to have an ulcerated cornea, which could cause pain and lead to vision loss if not attended to, Murphy said.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed, Murphy said.

Foster will return to Greenfield Town Court on Feb. 18. Town Justice Michael Ginley also issued an order directing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Upstate New York to monitor the condition of the horses while charges are pending.

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