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Hoovler presented humane association award for handling horse starvation case

Hoovler, center, with the award

GOSHEN – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office handling of the animal cruelty case of Jeanne Ryan has earned it an award of excellence from the New York State Humane Society.

The DA’s office, headed by District Attorney David Hoovler, prosecuted the case against the Goshen resident who was indicted on 10 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and 10 misdemeanor counts of overdriving.

As a result of the prosecution, Ryan is now serving two years in jail and has been placed on the county’s animal abuse registry.

Members of the humane society presented the DA’s office with the award on Wednesday.

State President Patricia Valusek said the designation stemmed from prosecution of the unique case.

“It’s not usual to have horse cases deemed as felonies because horses and other farm-type animals are deemed as not companion animals, but because of the way she cared for these animals, they were deemed companion animals, and also the intentional starvation, which is generally not used in an aggravated cruelty cases, but that’s what they did and they did it very successfully,” Valusek said.

Nine horses were found starved to death and one that barely survived on the Ryan farm in Goshen.

 


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