Charges Filed in Breeding Farm Cruelty Case

The woman in charge of the Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm from which a herd of allegedly malnourished horses were seized last month has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Geraldine Trupia was charged with five counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty on Sept. 18 for allegedly neglecting horses in her care at Norcrest Farm, according to Vicki Mosgrove, director of the Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). If convicted Trupia faces up to two years in Steuben County jail. Other charges in the case might be forthcoming, Mosgrove said.

Trupia's attorney, J. Timothy Embser, was unavailable for comment.

The charges stem from the seizure of 82 allegedly malnourished horses from the farm--also known as Middle Creek Farm--on Aug. 29 and 30 by SPCA investigators. Four horses were euthanized at the scene, and another was euthanized last week. The remaining 77 horses are residing in foster homes.

Meanwhile, the SPCA is using tattoos along with registration and medical documents to identify seized horses so that they can return home to their owners as soon as possible. But, according to Mosgrove, none of the horses will be released until all positive matches have been made.

Meanwhile, Mosgrove said the horses in foster care are holding their own.

"I'm amazed at how resilient these horses are," she said.

Owners of horses kept at Norcrest Farm who have not yet provided proof of ownership are asked to call the SPCA at 607/776-3039.

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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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