Massachusetts Horse Cruelty Case Continued Again

While her owner ponders his legal options, Quincy, the lame 29-year-old mare at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case, remains in the care of an unnamed Massachusetts equine clinic.

"She's as well as can be expected," said Richard LeBlond, deputy chief of law enforcement with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).

Quincy's owner, Elliot Saffran, appeared in Uxbridge District Court on Tuesday. The animal cruelty case against him was continued to June 24. At that time he will choose between having a bench or jury trial.

Saffran was charged in January after refusing to euthanize the mare. MSPCA investigators responding to a complaint found the horse suffering from a knee injury and unable to stand due to arthritis. Veterinarians who have examined the mare disagree as to whether she can be maintained comfortably. In April, Saffran declined the MSPCA's offer to drop the charges if he agreed to the euthanasia.

"We tried to make the deal because the system takes so long," LeBlond said. "If he chooses a jury trial, the case probably won't be heard until September."

Saffran's attorney Peter Padula was unavailable for comment.

For more information and a video of Quincy see "Controversial Massachusetts Horse Case Pushed Back to May Date."

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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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