Animal welfare activists seek ban on horse carriages along Alibaug beach

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Horse carriages are made to ply tourists through waist-deep water, notice sent to collector.

Following no movement on their complaint against horse carriages made to ply through waist-deep sea water at Alibaug beach, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organization (FIAPO) has now sent a legal notice to the District Collector of Raigad on the issue and has asked for a ban on such practices at all beaches in the area.

“Since there was no action taken post our letter to the district collector in February, we have now sent a formal complaint under Section 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code so that immediate action is taken,” said Shakuntala Majhumdar, governing body member of FIAPO. “Apart from a ban on the practice near Kolaba fort, this time we have asked for a ban on horse carriages across all beaches in Alibaug,” she said.

The complaint terms the activity as a public nuisance since it puts human life at risk and amounts to cruelty against the animals under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1960. “It is an eminent threat to both the horse and people on the carriage.

To the horse, because it is forced to pull a heavy load through waist deep sea water and to the people, because in case the horse slips and the carriage falls, it may cause them serious injury, especially to children and the elderly,” said Ambika Hiranandani, FIAPO’s lawyer. The complaint is made under Section 133 of the CrPC as it gives the district magistrate power to ban an activity which he considers public nuisance.

Newsline had reported on February 23 that FIAPO had complained against carriage drivers at Alibaug beach forcing horses to ply through waist deep sea water to ferry tourists to and from Kolaba fort, which is about a kilometer from the beach and becomes accessible by foot during low tide.

When Newsline visited the spot, an estimated 30 to 40 such carts were found on the beach with two horses each. Experts said saline water can cause dryness of hoof of the horses leading to lameness and since horses cannot see the depth of water, fatal injuries can take place. Besides, carrying such heavy loads is abusive to them.

News Link:-http://www.indianexpress.com/news/animal-welfare-activists-seek-ban-on-horse-carriages-along-alibaug-beach/946691/0

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Council’s former horse carer jailed for animal cruelty

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A man who was previously employed by Kilkenny County Council to collect and care for at-risk or abandoned horses has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for animal cruelty.

Joseph Moran, from Summerhill in Meath, has contracts with nine different local authorities to take in and care for seized animals. His contract with Kilkenny County Council, which involved re-locating neglected horses to Urlingford Horse Pound, had expired before the cruelty offences came to light, and it had not been renewed.

Last month, Mr Moran was found guilty of cruelty to animals kept on his own land in Meath. Following complaints from the ISPCA, a veterinarian had visited the site and found two horses in such a state of neglect that they had to be immediately euthanised.

The vet told the court that the animals had sufferedinstitutional abuse’, and that they were malnourished and lacking water. He also found the carcasses of five other horses, some of which had been there for some time.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Patrick McMahon said he was surprised to hear that Mr Moran still held contracts with a number of local authorities.

“This person is totally unfit to deal with any form of animal and it would be my wish that he is banned for life from keeping horses,” he said.

Carol McCarthy of Kilkenny County Council’s environmental department said that the council had been ‘frankly appalled’ to hear of the offences. A contract for the position with the local authorities will be going to tender in the coming weeks.

News Link:-http://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/council-s-former-horse-carer-jailed-for-animal-cruelty-1-3808468

Pregnant horse dies after being mutilated in Gate Burton attack

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The owner of a pregnant horse, which died after being “severely mutilated”, has said it might have been targeted as part of Satanic ritual.

Police are warning horse owners to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious

Rupert Worrell found 19-year-old Penny covered in blood in a field in Gate Burton, near Gainsborough, on Friday.

The horse was treated by a vet, but died on Saturday after her foal had been delivered stillborn.

Mr Worrall said she had been assaulted after being restrained by her attackers.

‘Terrible crime’

He said: “Nobody knows why someone would do something like this, but you can look on the internet and there are all these Satanic cults.

“It always seems to happen on a full moon between the 2nd and the 7th of May – poor old Penny was attacked on the 4th May,” he said.

Lincolnshire Police‘s wildlife crime officer, PC Nick Willey, said: “This was a terrible crime, which resulted in the death of a horse and her unborn foal.

“Fortunately, such crimes are rare in the county and we are asking the horse owning community to be extra vigilant at this time and report any unusual activity.”

The family has offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

News Link:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-17993820

Grand jury to hear case of man accused of shooting, killing his neighbor’s horses

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NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (WKTV) – The New Berlin man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor’s six horses is now waiting for grand jury action.

According to the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office, the case of Lauren McMaster, 75, will now go before a grand jury on May 16, to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe a crime was committed.

McMaster is accused of shooting and killing six horses that belonged to Joseph Mocco Jr. McMaster has been charged with criminal mischief and animal cruelty.

McMaster lives next to Mocco’s property on Hunts Pond Road which has many other horses and cows. Police said McMaster and Mocco have a history of confrontation and that McMaster filed a complaint about a week ago about the animals.

He was released on $500 bail.

On on Thursday, Mocco was charged for allegedly letting a breeding animal, a bull to be specific, roam off his property.

News Link:-http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Grand-jury-to-hear-case-of-man-accused-of-shooting-killing-his-neighbors-horses-150223735.html

Man whose horses were shot and killed by neighbor now charged for allegedly letting bull roam

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NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (WKTV) – The man who owned six horses that were shot and killed by his neighbor has now been charged in a separate incident involving his animals.

New York State Police have charged Joseph Mocco Jr, 68, of New Berlin after investigating a report of a bull roaming upon land located next to Hunts Pond Road in the Town of New Berlin. Mocco was charged with one count of unlawfully allowing a breeding animal to roam.

Authorities say that a bull, owned by Mocco, was found on property without the consent of the land owner.

Mocco was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of New Berlin Court on May 9, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Over the weekend, six of Mocco’s horses were shot and killed by his neighbor, Lauren McMaster, 75, when the horses were reportedly on McMaster’s property.

McMaster was charged with six counts of criminal mischief in the second-degree and six counts of cruelty to animals. He posted bail from the Chenango County Jail.

McMaster lives next to Mocco’s property on Hunts Pond Road which has many other horses and cows. Police said McMaster and Mocco have a history of confrontation and that McMaster filed a complaint about a week ago about the animals.

“I can tell you that we were called by the defendant on two prior occasions in the last week about the animals on his property,” says Captain James Barnes of New York State Police earlier this week. “We responded to those. At that point we were attempting to mediate the dispute between two property owners. The matter was still unresolved from when this happened.”

The deceased horses were found on Mocco’s property, but authorities believe most of the horses were shot on McMaster’s property.

“We believe that at the time, they were shot, at least five of the six were, on the defendant’s property,” Captain Barnes said on Tuesday. “We believe the sixth animal may have been shot on the owner’s property.”

State Police would not comment on the condition of the horses when they were discovered by the owner owner.

McMaster is due back in the Town of Columbus court of Friday.

News Link:-http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Man-whose-horses-were-shot-and-killed-by-neighbor-now-charged-for-allegedly-letting-bull-roam-150080815.html

New Berlin man accused of shooting, killing six of his neighbor’s horses released on bail

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NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (WKTV) – A New Berlin man accused of killing six horses that belonged to his neighbor, has now been released on bail from the Chenango County Jail.

New York State Police say Lauren McMaster, 75, of New Berlin was charged with six counts of criminal mischief in the second-degree and six counts of cruelty to animals.

McMaster lives next to the horse owner‘s property on Hunts Pond Road which has many other horses and cows. Police say McMaster and the neighbor do have a history of confrontation and that McMaster filed a complaint about a week ago about the animals.

“I can tell you that we were called by the defendant on two prior occasions in the last week about the animals on his property,” says Captain James Barnes of New York State Police Troop “C.” “We responded to those. At that point we were attempting to mediate the dispute between two property owners. The matter was still unresolved from when this happened.”

The deceased horses were found on the owner’s property but authorities believe most of the horses were shot on the defendant’s property.

“We believe that at the time, they were shot, at least five of the six were, on the defendant’s property,” Captain Barnes said. “We believe the sixth animal may have been shot on the owner’s property.”

State Police would not comment on the condition of the horses when they were discovered by the owner owner.

“We don’t believe he had an accomplice involved in the shooting aspect of this,” Captain Barnes said. “However, we are still looking into other possibilities.”

McMaster was arraigned in the Town of Columbus court and was released from the Chenango County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

News Link:-http://www.wktv.com/news/local/New-Berlin-man-accused-of-shooting-killing-six-of-his-neighbors-horses-released-on-bail-149747385.html

Man accused of killing 6 horses belonging to his neighbor

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NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (WKTV– A Chenango County man is accused of killing six horses that belonged to his neighbor. State Police arrested Lauren McMaster, 75. 

State Police were investigating the death of six horses on the property adjacent to Hunts Pond Road and determined McMaster shot and killed the horses with a 12 gauge shotgun.

McMaster is charged with 6 counts of Criminal Mischief in the second degree and 6 counts of cruelty to animals.

McMaster was arraigned in the Town of Columbus Court and was taken to the Chenango County jail on $500 cash/$1000 bond.

State Police say the defendant filed a complaint just a week ago about the animals being on his property. The investigation is still ongoing with this case and more details will be made available later this week.

News Link:-http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Man-accused-of-killing-6-horses-149568695.html

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