DOAG: Connecticut Department of Agriculture Seizes Malnourished Horses



January 31, 2013

CONtact:  Raymond Connors

860- 622-8554



Connecticut Department of Agriculture Seizes Malnourished Horses

State officials take two horses from Fairfield property to rehabilitation facility


(Hartford, CONN.)  Today Connecticut Department of Agriculture animal control officers executed a search and seizure warrant and removed two adult horses from a property located in Fairfield.


The Department of Agricultureís Animal Control Division initially received a complaint of thin horses in September 2012.  After attempting to obtain voluntary compliance, state animal control officers issued orders to the horse owner to provide proper veterinary care, hoof care, dental care, and adequate feed and water.  Once it was determined that the horse owner would not comply, the department initiated legal action, obtaining a search and seizure warrant.


The owner, Terrence Sullivan, was the subject of a previous complaint in March 2011.  He was arrested by state animal control officers and ultimately pled guilty to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge in January 2012.


The two horses seized today were transported to the departmentís large animal rehabilitation facility, Second Chance, located on the grounds of York Correctional Institution in Niantic. The horses will be examined and provided with veterinary care.  


At this time the horses are not available for adoption, pending Connecticut Department of Agriculture legal proceedings to obtain ownership.


This is an ongoing investigation that may result in criminal charges.