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Ti farmer could owe up to $10,000 for animal abuse trial

Restitution, sentencing and ownership of the horse to be determined

Pops the horse stands in his paddock at Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.

Pops the horse stands in his paddock at Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— A restitution hearing for a Ticonderoga man found guilty of animal abuse was postponed until June 29, to allow the town justice time to further examine evidence.

Bruce Crammond, 64, of Racetrack Road, Ticonderoga was convicted in Ticonderoga Town Court of misdemeanor injuring animals and failure to provide proper sustenance for an animal, a violation of Section 353 of the State Agriculture and Markets Law, aka Animal Cruelty in February.

On June 12, Town Justice James O'Bryan said he should be able to make a decision about the pending restitution, determine Crammond’s sentence for animal cruelty charges, and determine ownership of the horse at the June 29 court date.

“We all want this case resolved as soon as possible but obviously I must see all evidence the case has to offer,” O’Bryan said.

Restitution 

Assistant District Attorney Michelle Bowen submitted to the court $10,158.16 in expenses documented by Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (CMVHR) to care for the horse, named Pops, from the time he was brought to their rescue on May 21, 2010 to present.

Expenses included the cost of medical supplies, vaccinations, monthly boarding fees, and the large amount of food the belgian draft horse needed to reestablish a healthy weight of 1,300 lbs.

Nancy Van Wie, co-founder of the rescue, said she deducted $635 of expenses paid through private donations allocated for the horse and did not include the regular $40 a day charge for administering medical treatment usually charged at the rescue. Van Wie and co-founder Eddie Mrozik of CMVHR also attended daily for four months to a 4-inch diameter wound to the horse sustained to its withers before being brought to CMVHR.

Reductions Sought

Crammond’s attorney David Scaglione said Crammond should not be responsible for reimbursement for Pops’ care to the rescue due to delays in court.

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