Horses at a Greenfield farm received veterinary care in the past week at the request of the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office earlier this month and are now doing better.
The horses are owned by Duane D. Carpenter, 54, brother to convicted animal abuser Ann Arnold, and are located at the farm Arnold previously owned at 131 Wilton Road in the Saratoga County town of Greenfield. Carpenter is currently facing three charges of failing to provide sustenance to horses under his care.
Earlier this month, at the request of the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, Greenfield Town Justice Michael Ginley issued an amended order to allow the SPCA of Upstate New York to make regular visits to the farm to determine whether the horses were receiving necessary food, water and care. Where the previous order allowed only for the monitoring of the horses, the amended order gave the SPCA the authority to provide investigative and diagnostic veterinary care, according to a news release issued today by the District Attorney’s Office.
On Feb. 12, the office sent Carpenter’s attorney a detailed report of issues and concerns that had been identified by a licensed veterinarian concerning the horses. Ginley’s order required that Carpenter address the issues seven days after notification. That didn’t happen, so the SPCA intervened last Friday to provide care that included hoof trimming, dental floating, deworming and rabies vaccinations.
“There remain two horses at the property who continue to need treatment, but they are wild and difficult to handle,” the release said.
Additional personnel are being brought in to help with the remaining horses.
The cost of treatment is more than $2,800, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Reimbursement will be sought as part of any disposition or sentence from the pending charges.
“We will not rest until these horses are protected,” District Attorney James Murphy III said in the release. “While the law doesn’t require shelter, it does require food and water and that’s why we had a judge sign an order allowing a vet to go on the property, treat and care for the horses and bill the defendant. We will continue to do this for as long as it takes. We are not going anywhere nor will we rest until these horses are properly cared for, fed, are healthy and the defendant is brought to justice.”