Horse at Center of Controversial Abuse Case Dies

Quincy, the aged mare at the center of a Massachusetts cruelty case, died Aug. 10, just two days before her owner is to appear in a Massachusetts court to face animal cruelty charges.

"She's gone, but we want the case against her owner to go forward," said Jane Belleville, owner of a barn where Quincy was formerly boarded.

Massachusetts animal welfare authorities charged owner Elliott Saffran with animal cruelty last January when, despite advice from veterinarians, he refused to allow the mare to be euthanized. Quincy suffered from myriad ailments including crippling arthritis. In April, Saffran agreed to transfer the horse to an equine hospital. She remained under veterinary care until her death.

Catherine Nietzel, attorney for Fairfield Equine Associates in Connecticut confirmed that Quincy died Aug. 10. She said Saffran took possession of the mare's cadaver.

On Monday, Tim Connolly, spokesman for the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, confirmed that Saffran is slated to appear in Uxbridge District Court on Aug. 12, at which time he is expected to file a motion to suppress evidence in the case. No further information was available.

According to Diane Sullivan, professor of law at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Mass., and architect of the school's animal welfare law curriculum, Quincy's death should not affect the case's progress.

"There is no requirement that the animal be alive to move forward with the cruelty charges," Sullivan said.

Belleville said she and other animal welfare advocates plan to attend the Aug. 12 hearing.

For more on this case see "Massachusetts Horse Cruelty Case Continued Again."

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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