Breeding Farm Operator Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty Charges

Geraldine Trupia, operator of Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to five counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty during her arraignment in Troupsburg Town Court Sept. 24.

The charges stem from the seizure of 82 horses from Norcrest Farm (also known as Middle Creek) by Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) investigators in August. Five horses have been euthanized since the seizure, while 77 remain in foster care.

According to SPCA Executive Director Vicki Mosgrove, Trupia is accused of failing to provide the horses with adequate food, water, medical, and other treatment. If convicted she faces up to one year in jail for each count.

"The charges were limited to five because New York State law prohibits jail terms of more than two years for related misdemeanor convictions," Mosgrove explained.

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

Trupia is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 1, at which time she will be asked to post bond to cover the cost of the horses' care, Mosgrove said.

Meanwhile, arrangements to return the horses to their owners continues. Anyone who had boarding or leasing agreements with Trupia should 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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