And she provided the Press-Republican with a copy of the town’s applicable rule.
“The minimum lot size shall be two acres for one horse plus one acre for each additional horse,” it says.
The Wing Farm is 20 acres, Boisen said.
Essex County property-tax records show Wing’s farm at 2291 Route 22 in Essex is valued at $200,800 in the current tax year.
She has owned the farm since 2000.
PASSED BACKGROUND CHECK
Anita Deming, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Westport, said Wing is a member of the Agricultural Program Committee and that she passed the background check required by anyone connected with the agency for more than a day’s volunteering.
“Cooperative Extension has a very strong background check program,” Deming said, noting no criminal convictions had showed up for Wing and that, in fact, she has not been convicted of the charges she now faces.
Wing had not attended any Agricultural Program Committee meetings this year, she said, but has pitched in as a volunteer, as she had done when her daughter was a 4-H member.
Boisen said many volunteers are helping care for the horses at the Essex County Fairgrounds.
“I did assist in haying and watering the horses yesterday,” she said Tuesday. “It was fascinating to me — I went there, and I thought, ‘These animals are obviously aware and grateful of the efforts being taken to care for them.’
“It is very rewarding to be able to assist.”
Other town officials are helping with daily care, as well, among them LeeAnn Hoskins, secretary to the Essex town supervisor. She has been pitching in every morning at 7.
Dr. Diane Dodd of Westport is the primary veterinarian working with the horses.
Signs posted by the Sheriff’s Department forbid unauthorized entry, saying: “Horses under strict vet care. Do not feed, handle or approach any horse.”