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Cruelty charged

A Ticonderoga man has been charged with animal cruelty after a malnourished horse with a gunshot wound to its neck was found wandering near his farm, according to Ticonderoga police.

Bruce R. Crammond, 62, of Race Track Road was issued an appearance ticket for misdemeanor injuring animals and failure to provide proper sustenance for an animal, a violation of Section 353 of the State Agriculture and Markets Law.

Police determined the horse belonged to Crammond, who owns a farm and a number of other horses. Those horses seemed to be in good shape, and no charges were filed in connection with their conditions.

An adult Belgian draft horse usually weighs about 1,800 to 2,000 pounds. The injured horse was determined to be about 600 pounds underweight, he said.

The gunshot traveled through its "whithers," the area where the neck and back meet. The injury likely happened a week or so earlier.

Police said Crammond has not been charged with shooting the animal. He was charged for not providing proper food or care for the horse, police said.

The investigation is continuing.

The horse has been taken to Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Westport, where it is expected to recover.

Crammond has been released pending prosecution in Ticonderoga Town Court.

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