Pops the horse stands in his paddock at Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
continued Van Weie said that at the time Pops was brought to CMVHR, they were told the expenses for the horse’s care would be taken care of by the Ticonderoga Police Department. The amount of restitution and if Crammond will be held responsible for the reimbursement will be decided on April 27.
Most of the costs have been associated with feeding the horse and helping it maintain a healthy weight, Van Weie said.
After two years, Pops has regained a healthy weight of 1,400 lbs. and the once- maggot-and-puss-encrusted gunshotwound is now a faint scar.
Permanent Home on the Horizon
For the past two years Pops has been property of the State of New York as part of the open animal cruelty investigation. Van Weie said they were unable to find someone to adopt Pops while the investigation remained open and his care and recovery have not been supported by the state. Van Weie hopes that when the case is closed Pops will finally find a permanent home.
“Since he has come here he has really opened up. He’s such a sweet, loving, beautiful boy who deserves a great home. Hopefully someone will want to give him that,” Van Weie said.