N.Y. Man Charged in Second Horse Riding Incident

A New York man previously charged with fatally injuring a laminitic horse by riding it for several miles over paved roads is facing additional charges including animal cruelty, grand larceny, and failing to register as a sex offender.

In November, Donald Lane, of Schenevus, N.Y., was charged under New York state's Agriculture and Market law with one count of misdemeanor injuring or torturing an animal for allegedly riding a barefoot laminitic horse over several miles from Schenevus to Oneonta, N.Y. During the incident, the horse sustained injuries so severe that it was consequently euthanized.

Lt. Douglas Brenner, of the Oneonta Police Department, said that in December, Lane was slated to appear in court on the charges, but never appeared. As a result, those charges remain pending, Brenner said.

Meanwhile, Brenner said that Otsego County law enforcement personnel arrested Lane on similar charges.

Sgt. Raymond Freer, of the Otsego County Sheriff's Department, said that on Dec. 2, Lane was caught riding a horse through a residential neighborhood. Further investigation revealed that Lane had allegedly stolen the horse from a nearby barn; the animal was uninjured in the incident, Freer said.

"I still charged him with torturing or injuring an animal," Freer said.

Lane was also charged with burglary in the 3rd degree, grand larceny in the 4th degree, and failing to register as a sex offender, Freer said.

Lane was unavailable for comment.

Lane remains in the Otsego County jail pending court proceedings, Freer said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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