Plea Deal Accepted in New York Breeding Farm Case

Geraldine Trupia, the operator of a New York breeding farm where authorities seized a herd of malnourished horses in August, plead guilty to two counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement unveiled during her appearance in Troupsburg Town Court on Oct. 1, according to Vicki Mosgrove, director of the Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Trupia was originally charged with five misdemeanor animal cruelty counts after Finger Lakes SPCA investigators seized 82 allegedly malnourished horses from Trupia's Norcrest Farm (also known as Middle Creek) in Troupsburg, N.Y., on Aug. 29 and 30. Since the seizure, five horses have been euthanized. Another 77 have been placed in foster care.

During her Sept. 18 arraignment, Trupia pleaded not guilty to five charges that she failed to provide adequate food, water, and basic treatment for the horses in her care. If convicted she would have faced up to one year in jail for each of those counts. The plea deal would reduce the charges and penalties.

Terms of the deal must be finalized during Trupia's sentencing on Nov. 12. Under the plea bargain's initial terms, Trupia would serve two 3-year supervised probation periods, which would run concurrently. She would be prohibited from working around domestic or companion animals, be required to submit to a psychological evaluation, and comply with any resulting treatment recommendations.

In addition, she would submit to twice-monthly visits from SPCA investigators accompanied by a probation officer.

"Trupia has also relinquished interest in the horses belonging to her," Mosgrove said. "And if ordered, she would pay the SPCA restitution for the horses care."

Trupia's attorney J. Timothy Embser was not available to comment on the case.

Trupia declined comment until her case is officially closed.

"It's not over," she said. "But I will comment when I can."

Meanwhile, Mosgrove said the horses' health continues to improve.

Owners whose horses were among those seized from Norcrest Farm should contact the SPCA at 607/776-3039. Proof of legal ownership is required to claim a horse.

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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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