Therapeutic Riding Program Operator Faces Charges
An equine-assisted therapy program operator is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) seized more than 30 horses from the farm.
Frank Rizzo, chief of the NJSPCA law enforcement division, said the agency had received numerous complaints about a farm belonging to Aiyanna Callaway, who operated so-called equine-assisted therapy program Horses 4 Hope, in Pohatcong, New Jersey.
During property visits, Rizzo said investigators found the carcass of a horse that had been euthanized, one horse displaying signs of illness and unable to stand, and another showing clinical signs of botulism; both animals were euthanized due to their conditions. Thirteen of the 37 live horses on the property had body condition scores below 2, he said.
“Witnesses reported that Callaway ordered hay in shrink wrap, had it rolled into the field, and left it up to the horses to rip through the plastic with their teeth,” he said
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