GREENFIELD, N.Y. – A Greenfield man faces charges of failure to provide sustenance to three horses under his care.
James B. Foster, 50, was arraigned Tuesday in the Town of Greenfield Justice Court on three counts of Failure to Provide Sustenance to three horses under his care at a farm at 131 Wilton Greenfield Road, Greenfield, in violation of Agriculture and Markets Law Section 353.
The charges stem from an on-going New York State Police investigation, which included the execution of a search warrant on the property on December 21, 2013. A licensed veterinarian assisted the police, and found two of the horses to be malnourished and had other health issues which were not being properly attended and addressed.
The veterinarian also found a third horse to have an ulcerated cornea of an eye which in the veterinarian's opinion caused pain to the horse and could lead to vision loss if not attended properly.
As a result of this assessment, Foster has been charged with three counts of Failure to Provide Sustenance to those animals.
Foster is the caretacker of Ann Arnold's property. She was convicted of abusing her horses in 2012 and she was not allowed to have anymore. However, after Arnold was sentenced, she handed her property over to Foster.
The investigation continues and charges are anticipated to be filed against the owner of the horses and the property regarding the horses' condition.
Foster entered a not guilty plea to the three charges and has been directed to re-appear in the Greenfield Town Court on February 18, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. The judge also issued an Order directing the SPCA of Upstate New York to monitor the condition of the horses during the pendency of the charges.