Owner Learns Mare Seized from Breeding Farm was Euthanized

Pennsylvania horse owner Anne Maria Cray has feared the worst since learning her mare WeWe C was among 82 allegedly malnourished horses seized by authorities from a Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm in August. Last Friday, Cray learned her mare was the fifth horse to be euthanized since the seizure.

"Her condition was too bad to save her," said Cray.

Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Animals seized the herd from Norcrest Farm--also known as Middle Creek--on Aug. 29 and 30. Four horses were euthanized at the scene. The remaining 77 horses are residing in foster homes.

WeWe C had been at Norcrest Farm on breeding lease since June, after the farm's operator Geraldine Trupia traveled to Cray's Grandville, Pa., farm to collect her.

Trupia has been charged with five counts of Class A misdemeanor cruelty. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of two years in the Steuben County jail.

Despite her loss, Cray said she hopes her experience will convince other owners to keep their horses closer to home for breeding.

"Just don't do it," she said. "We're not sending ours that far away ever again."

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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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