November 5, 2013

Seized Essex County horses ready for adoption

ELIZABETHTOWN — Some horses seized from the Wing and a Prayer Farm in September have new homes, while the rest are available for adoption

Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, an accredited horse-rescue group, is handling the process and will hold an open house on Saturday to preview the animals available.

By Monday morning, more than a dozen of the horses had already been adopted.


The horses — 41 in all, including foals and three stallions — were taken from the Essex farm on 20 acres owned by Shelley Wing. 

She and her daughter, Emily Wing, face 41 counts each of failure to provide sustenance, a misdemeanor under State Agriculture and Markets Law.

The county took custody of the herd initially on Sept. 18 through the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. And legal proceedings against the Wings are moving through Essex Town Court.

Shelley was required to bond for $43,890 by Oct. 8 to provide a month’s medical care and food for the animals as they remained in county custody. The failure to pay the bond, which would have been renewed continuing costs every 30 days, released the horses to Essex County.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors hired Crane Mountain Horse Rescue, based in Westport, to organize the adoption effort.

One of the horses died soon after the seizure, leaving 40 to find new homes.


In an announcement Monday, Crane Horse Rescue owner Nancy Van Wie said the animals’ health and condition have improved immensely since they were taken in mid September.

“All of the horses have gained weight and vitality. Each horse has been checked for internal parasites, dewormed, brought up to date on vaccinations and has a negative Coggins report. A negative Coggins test for equine infectious anemia is required in New York state to transport horses,” the Crane news release said.

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