More than a Dozen Horses Seized in New York

A herd of horses is receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a property in Wayne County, N.Y., last week.

Wayne County Animal Control investigator Tom Littlefield said a herd of 16 horses and one Miniature Horse were removed from a Sodus, N.Y., property owned by Cindy Denninger on April 17. One horse was found with a broken leg that had allegedly been unattended for at least a month, Littlefield said. All the removed horses were allegedly malnourished, he said.

In addition to the live horses, investigators discovered two other horses' carcasses on the property, Littlefield said.

“They still had their shoes and halters on,” he said.

One cow and 17 other allegedly malnourished animals were also removed from the premises, Littlefield said.

Denninger was unavailable for comment on the removal.

Steve Martin, senior director of marketing for Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, said Denninger “was a horse owner, but she only raced four horses here last year.”

Littlefield said Denninger has been charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty based on failure to provide sustenance and veterinary care.

Denninger has left the area, but that a warrant has been issued for her arrest, Littlefield said.

The investigation is continuing, Littlefield said.

In the meantime, the horses are receiving rehabilitative care at two horse rescue and care facilities, he said.

About the Author

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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