Hundreds of farm animals were neglected and forced to live in deplorable conditions last year in Farmersville, Cattaraugus County, in Western New York.
Among the 650 animals, 50 horses were near death, and didn’t stand a chance.
“A mail carrier saw a gentlemen trying to dispose of a horse that was not completely deceased, and he contacted authorities,” Michelle Putney, owner and operator of MK2 Farm in Elmira said. “That started everything to unravel.”
“One is being the worst, and 10 is the best for body condition,” Cassie Putney, co-owner and operator of MK2 Farm in Elmira said. “These guys were probably a one, if not zero. They were emaciated, the urine from the stalls had burned the hair off their bodies, their ribs were showing, their hooves haven’t been trimmed, their teeth haven’t been floated. They were in very poor conditions.”
Michelle and Cassie, along with the Cattaraugus County SPCA, were just a few of those who stepped up to help. With funds through the SPCA, they were able to foster and get these horses on the road to recovery.
“We had our equine dentist come out and float their teeth, we wormed them and we started slowly adding small amounts of feed into their digestive system,” Cassie said. “We gave them baths with medicated shampoo to get their hair under control and we slowly bumped their feed up.”
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“We just want to make sure that the funds are there to supply for the health care and the needs for these animals,” Michelle said. “But, we are getting down to the wire now where the funding no longer comes in. How do we continue to take care of these animals?”
Two horses are available for adoption or fostering from MK2 Farm, as well as others from the Cattaraugus County SPCA.
The SPCA is also accepting donations to help pay for the support of the remaining horses who haven’t found a permanent home.
For more information, you can contact the Cattaraugus County SPCA by calling (716) 372-8492.
According to the Facebook page dedicated to assisting with the efforts to care for and rescue the animals seized from the farm in Farmersville, convicted animal abusers Donald and Bonnie George both pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
The couple was fined and ordered to surrender all 650 animals.