News Release…Owner of seized horses arrested
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.
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.
Help relocating the cow and bull urgently sought.
There is still one bull and one cow on the property in which plans are under way to catch and relocate. Assistance is still being sought to move these two animals. If anyone with knowledge and ability in handling cattle can assist please contact Nina at 518-421-0125.
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 to help these horses can be made via PayPal to email@example.com or mail a check payable to Easy Street Horse Rescue at 109 Langley Road, Amsterdam NY 12010. Expenses have already gone over $4000 and is expected to reach over $7000. Please help these horses. All donations, both monetary or in-kind is appreciated and tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Volunteer Pot-Luck Picnic May 5 at Easy Street Horse Rescue
Volunteers are needed to take care of these horses; plus we need volunteers in areas of fundraising help, event coordinators, adoption coordinators, etc. If you’ve been thinking about helping, then please do it today! There is a Volunteer & Friends of Easy Street Horse Rescue Pot-Luck Picnic planned for Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm. Please join us! Bring a dish to share and your lawn chairs (card table too if you have one). Bring your family too! Drinks will be available for a small donation.
Thank you, Nina Bellinger, Founder/Director Easy Street Horse & Barnyard Rescue, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org www.easystreetrescue.org 518-212-2033 or 518-421-0125
Excelsior (Celsy) is now the greeter at Easy Street Rescue, as he has the run of the barnyard. Visitors quickly fall in love with the little guy whom is extremely underweight and malnourished. It is a very long road to recovery for Celsy, whom still is not out of danger. This sweet little guy is very gentle and loves to be groomed. Celsy’s brother Ulysses had to be humanely put down after an old injury which was painful was diagnosed as only getting worse. Ulysses looked a lot like his younger brother, Celsy, and he was loved by all the volunteers that petted and groomed him after his arrival at Easy Street Horse Rescue. Both Ulysses and Joy went to God’s pastures in heaven after knowing peace and love.
13 sick horses rescued from a Sprakers farm….Dozens of Volunteers turn out to help!
Easy Street Rescue with New York State Troopers and dozens of animal rescue volunteers worked all day Thursday in Montgomery County to rescue 13 sick horses from a severely run down farm.
VOLUNTEER NOTES: We need a lot of volunteers to take care of these horses; plus we need other volunteers in areas of fundraising help, event coordinators, adoption coordinators, etc. If you’ve been thinking about helping, then please do it today!
FOSTER HOMES: We need foster homes once these horses are ready for new homes, which will be soon. Foster homes have the first right to adopt once the court gives us ownership (which we expect to happy, so please let us know if you can help in that manner. Please download the foster app under Forms tab. All foster homes can take full tax deductions of all expenses for the horses. Fostering a horse is the same as donating the money to us. Please spread the word for the need. We are located in Montgomery County NY so the foster home should be in the surrounding area and/or have the ability to come to us to get the horse(s). All horses currently have vaccinations, rabies and coggins. We will not foster a horse that hasn’t been quarantined or vet approved to move.
Donations: Donations to help these horses can be made via PayPal Make A Donation button below or mail a check payable to Easy Street Horse Rescue at 109 Langley Road, Amsterdam NY 12010. We would also love donations of good horse quality hay (round and square) and calf manna supplement and beet pulp (shredded).