WARNERVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police arrested a man accused of not properly disposing of the bodies of two dead horses.
Police said there was evidence that other animals did not have food and water readily available for a period of days.
“This is such a smack in the face, I think not just for me, but for the whole community,” Trina Lally said.
Lally feels betrayed. The farrier who once cared for her horses is not the person she thought he was.
“I did trust him with my horses,” she said.
Seth Casey, 37, was charged with two counts of failing to properly dispose of a dead animal and one count of failure to provide sustenance to other animals.
Lally made the discovery on Friday when she went to check on her friend’s pony staying at Casey’s barn on Mickle Hollow Road in Warnerville.
“We looked in the barn through a window, and we saw a dead horse,” she said.
Lally believes it starved to death. Her friend said it looked as though it had been dead for at least two months.
“He had been trying to get up for so long that he used his hooves, and he actually made troughs in the stall ground,” Lally said.
Lally also saw a dead goat on top of the horse and chickens in a coop that looked thin.
“They had no food or water and the area in their pen had been picked right down to the mud,” she said.
Joellyn Kopecky lives down the road, and she had her suspicions.
“We would see the horses out there with a hayrick,” she said. “They seemed well. They seemed fine, and then all of a sudden, horses disappeared.”
But she’s still in shock.
“It is a hard thing to think that someone would deliberately let their animals die,” she said.
Lally feels the same and hopes Casey faces consequences.
“I think the guy truly believes that he can get away with things and has gotten away with things in the past, and I hope this time he doesn’t,” she said.
Lally’s friend’s pony is still missing.
Casey is scheduled to appear in court on July 25.