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Horse seized from Mansfield farm euthanized after emergency surgery

By Kevin Shea | Times of Trenton
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on March 03, 2015 at 8:08 PM, updated March 03, 2015 at 8:23 P17100841-mmmain

MANSFIELD — One of the emaciated horses removed from a Mansfield farm last month by humane officers was euthanized Monday night after emergency surgery, the Burlington County SPCA announced Tuesday.

Toby, a 9-year-old thoroughbred gelding, had surgery Monday morning at the New Jersey Equine Clinic in Millstone, and appeared to be doing well, the organization said on their Facebook page.

But late Monday, doctors performed a second emergency procedure to relieve colic and Toby was unable to recover and had to be humanely euthanized, the posting said.

Armand King, a Humane Police officer with the organization, said late Tuesday that Toby was unable to stand after the second surgery, and the clinic did all they could for him. “It’s real sad,” he said.

In a statement, the SPCA reminded the public that if they see suspected animal cruelty to please report it immediately to the SPCA or local authorities, and offered a Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “Never never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

Toby and another horse, a quarter horse named Sonny, were removed from a farm Feb. 20 when the Burlington County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Humane Police visited the property to check on a report of neglected horses.

Farm owner Kelly Schreiber, 45, was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty for the horses’ conditions, the humane police said. The horses had not been fed for days and and their water supply was frozen.

Sonny was reunited with his former owner, but Toby’s condition was grave, including severe frostbite, and the organization arranged for care at the Millstone clinic. The organization also started seeking $3,000 for required surgery by publicizing the case on their Facebook page.

On Feb. 27, Toby was stabilized for surgery and the next day the SPCA posted that someone was matching any donations made.

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MANSFIELD — One of the emaciated horses removed from a Mansfield farm last month by humane officers was euthanized Monday night after emergency surgery, the Burlington County SPCA announced Tuesday.



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The Riverside Township Police Department donated 8 bullet proof vests to the Burlington County Humane Police Department recently . Sgt. Joshua Long of the Burlington County Humane Police sent letters to several local police departments asking for donations of bullet proof vests that were no longer being used by local police officers. Riverside Captain David Jaensch contacted Sgt. Long and told him that Riverside would be able to make a donation. Sgt. Long met Captain Jaensch at Riverside Police headquarters where 8 bullet proof vests were donated. The Burlington County Humane Police receive no funding from the Burlington County Freeholders or the State of New Jersey. As a result, there is no money to purchase these items for the protection of County Humane Police Officers. The donated vests will be used by Burlington County Humane law enforcement personnel while investigating complaints involving animals. Riverside Police and the County Humane Police have worked together in the past regarding animal cruelty and neglect in the township and have a good working relationship.
The Burlington County Humane Police Department operates only on donations and the collections of fines from investigations of animal cruelty and neglect throughout Burlington County. “I want to thank the Riverside Police Department for their help in this matter. Our law enforcement personnel greatly appreciate this donation, especially in light of the recent shootings of police officers.” said Humane Police Chief Cheryl Mosca.
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