ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County is down to its last three horses out of 40 needing adoption after their seizure from a farm in Essex.
Of the three, one horse was tentatively spoken for as of Wednesday, leaving two geldings without prospects.
But the county has only $1,600 left in its horse-care fund.
“We’re headed to county funds, at this point (for their care), but with (a) fundraiser coming up, we’ll probably be OK,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said.
Two fundraisers are scheduled: one for the seized horses and one for Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, which is handling their adoptions for the county.
The fundraiser for the horses is a benefit wine-tasting starting at noon Friday, Jan. 31, at Terry Robards’ Wines and Spirits in Lake Placid. Music by Julie Robards’ band and food from Green Goddess Natural Market will start at 6 p.m.
The Crane Rescue fundraiser is a concert set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Schroon Lake Fire Hall, featuring the Vintage Country Band. A $10 donation includes spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, bread, dessert, a beverage, and live music and dancing. Food will be served throughout the event.
CASE STILL PENDING
The horses were removed from the Wing and a Prayer Farm in Essex after the Essex County Sheriff’s Department was called to the farm and allegedly found evidence the animals were not being fed properly or given adequate veterinary care.
Shelley Wing and her daughter, Emily Wing, have been charged with 41 misdemeanor counts each of animal abuse. There were originally 41 horses, but one died at the fairgrounds soon after the seizure in September 2013.
The case against the Wings is still in Essex Town Court.
The county used a $15,000 National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals grant and $8,000 in cash donations from private citizens for the horses’ care.
Veterinarian Dr. Diane Dodd of Westport has been working with the horses, many of which were not used to bridles and saddles.
“We will continue to train them, as I think that will be the key to getting them the homes they deserve,” Dodd said by email. “You cannot get too much ‘education.’”
An Arabian gelding named Carob may be the next equine adopted out by Crane Mountain farm.
“The woman with an interest in Carob the Arab will let us know by the end of the week if she will take him,” Crane Mountain co-founder Nancy Van Wie said by email.
“It looks promising. Until she confirms her decision, there are just three geldings still looking for someone to love.”
She said Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue is adopting Ursula, a troubled, pregnant mare.
“We’ll continue to help her through her troubles and through her birth. That brings Crane Mountain’s total to four adopted from the seizure, including two pregnant mares.”
To look into adopting one of the last horses, call Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue at 962-8512.
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