Two mares, Lizzie (white) and her yearling filly (Joy) were seized and brought to safety at Easy Street Horse Rescue in March. Little Joy (as named by volunteers) tried vainly to survive, but after ten days had to be put down humanely after continuing problems of rectal prolapse compounded by undernourishment, dehydration, and parasite infestation.
The owner of 15 horses that were seized in March was arrested April 15 and taken to jail in Montgomery County. He is out on bond now and the case has not yet had a date set for court due to backlog.
NY State Trooper Bednarek arrested Carl Vitale on Sunday, April 15 and charged him with 2 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 15 misdemeanors and 4 violations. The charges came after the March court ordered search and seizures of Mr. Vitale’s farm located at 656 Lynx Street, Sprakers, NY 12166, ended with 15 untamed, sick and malnourished horses taken to safety at Easy Street Horse & Barnyard Rescue, Inc. in Amsterdam NY.
Two dozen dedicated volunteers of Easy Street Horse Rescue, along with some very helpful NYS Troopers and folks from Saratoga Equine, spent two days in March out in very mucky pastures and dilapidated barns catching the horses, none of which were even halter trained. A total of seven stallions and eight mares were seized, but a mare and stallion later had to be humanely euthanized after examinations by Dr. Julie Cornell of Saratoga Equine.
The charges brought against Mr. Vitale are two felony charges for the two horses that had to be euthanized, 15 misdemeanor counts which is one for each horse seized, and four violations for the four identifiable horse caresses that were not properly disposed.
Hay and monetary donations urgently needed
Easy Street Horse Rescue, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is seeking donations of hay for the horses taken to their farm at 109 Langley Road, Amsterdam NY 12010. Over 100 bales were donated the day after the horses arrived, but those have been used. Please call 518-421-0125 if you can help with hay which is urgently needed.
Easy Street Rescue also needs help moving 12 round bales from a farm in Johnstown to their farm in Amsterdam.
Donations urgently needed to help these horses…. via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a check payable to Easy Street Horse Rescue at 109 Langley Road, Amsterdam NY 12010. Expenses have already gone over $20,000 and we still need to raise $5,000 for medical expenses. Please help these horses. All donations, both monetary or in-kind is appreciated and tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Nina Bellinger, Founder/Director
Easy Street Horse & Barnyard Rescue, Inc.
518-212-2033 or 518-421-0125