Two face charges in conjunction with cruelty to animals

Mary Perham

Two Thurston residents have been charged in connection with the seizure of two horses a month ago have been charged with two counts each of Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty.  Kristen M. Ross and Robert J. Ross, 4317 South Hill Road, Thurston, were both charged by the Finger Lakes SPCA’s Animal Cruelty Investigator, Scott Mazzo, for allegedly failing to provide medical care to two horses.  

SPCA seized the horses after neighbors complained the horses were unlikely to survive because of their fragile condition. Thurston Dog Control Officer Randy Akins said the SPCA had been aware of problems since early spring.

One of the rescued horses, a 10-year-old gelding named Blaze, died two days after the rescue. The second horse, Reddy 2, was one 84 horses rescued by the SPCA and local law enforcement nearly three years ago from a breeding farm in Troupsburg.

SPCA Executive Director Vicki Mosgrove said Reddy’s condition is improving and the horse has gained 50 pounds since the rescue.

The Rosses are slated to appear in Thurston Town Court on Jan. 17, 2012.

Other recent arrest by the SPCA include:  

• Roger Taft, 42, and Allen D. Lafler, 61, of County Route 12, Thurston, with six counts of Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty. The men allegedly failed to provide sustenance to four pigs, one cow and one rabbit.  They will appear in Thurston Town Court on Dec. 20.

• Eliza A. Barnes, 26, of 99 Church St., Hornell, was charged with one count of Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty. Barnes allegedly failed to provide adequate sustenance and medical care to her dog.  The charge stems from the investigation in to possible owner neglect of a Pit Bull mix dog. The dog was reportedly found at large, and did not appear to be of a healthy weight and had open wounds. Barnes is scheduled to appear in Hornell City Court on Jan. 3.