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Open house set Nov. 9 to view county horses

Several seized horses were being kept at the stables at the Essex County Fairgrounds. The stalls were blocked off by police tape on Monday, Sept. 23.

Several seized horses were being kept at the stables at the Essex County Fairgrounds. The stalls were blocked off by police tape on Monday, Sept. 23. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Up to 40 horses seized by Essex County over a month ago will be on display for potential new owners this Saturday at the Essex County Fairgrounds.

The horses, taken from the Wing and a Prayer Farm in Essex Sept. 18 through 20 after an investigation, led to charges against owner Shelley Wing and daughter, Emily, on counts of animal cruelty. On Oct. 9, the horses were deemed to be property of the county after Wing was unable to pay a bond for their care.

Now, with the help of Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Inc., the county has started the adoption process, with several horses already finding new homes.

The county has also worked with veterinarian Diane Dodd, DVM, who has helped the horses gain weight and strength. Each has been checked for internal parasites, dewormed, brought up to date on vaccinations, and has a negative Coggins report.

The open house Nov. 9 will run from 9 a.m. until noon at the fairgrounds in Westport, and adoption applications will be available. Previewing of the horses other than during the open house is by appointment and only for those who have submitted completed applications. Adoption fees for the horses have been waived. Those interested in adopting should contact Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Inc. at 962-8512 or horses@cmvhr.org. A completed application is required to be considered for adoption.

Throughout the process, the county has had many volunteers who have helped to care for the horses and have received donations of feed, shavings, wheelbarrows, buckets and hoses along with round pens for turnout, exercise and grazing.

They are still accepting donations for the care of the seized horses. To donate, make checks payable to the Essex County Treasurer Office and send it to P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown, N.Y. 12932. Write “Horse Care” on the memo line. The funds are tax deductible, and the county is sending receipts for donations.

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