STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. – An animal neglect investigation in Stephentown has ended in the arrest of a 26-year-old man.
Concerned citizens contacted the State Police regarding horses on Christopher Stevens' Stephentown property which appeared underfed. The investigation determined that Stevens owned four horses which had lost a considerable amount of weight in the last several months.
On September 25, 2013 Stevens agreed to donate his two thinnest horses to Little Brook Farm so they could be provided with immediate care. Based on the condition of one of the remaining horses, and the unhealthy and unsanitary conditions the animals were in, the State Police executed a search warrant on the Stevens property in an effort to relocate the remaining two horses and secure any associated records documenting the animals.
While executing the warrant, the State Police also recovered a shotgun that Stevens is prohibited by law to possess.
All of the horses have been evaluated by a veterinarian. Three of the horses were determined to be emaciated. Two also exhibited signs of respiratory infection, dermatitis, and excessive hair loss.
Stevens was charged with three counts of Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance, a misdemeanor. He was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth-degree, a misdemeanor.
He was released on probation and will be back in court next week.