Ridge (WALK) - A local farm owner has a court date after she allegedly neglected 5 horses that were found starving on her property.
The horses were discovered on a horse farm in Ridge owned by Cynthia Schultes, according to the Suffolk SPCA. A veterinarian determined that the horses were seriously underweight, and they were sent to an out-of-state rescue group for medical care and rehabilitation.
According to Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross, the horses were found to have various long-term medical issues. One horse was near death and had to have an eye removed because of a medical problem that had gone untreated, Gross says.
The horses have since gained weight and are responding positively to medical treatment, according to the SPCA.
Schultes has been charged with 5 counts of animal cruelty. She is scheduled to appear at First District Court in Central Islip on October 17th.
Photo: Suffolk SPCA