MOIRA - The investigation against the a Moira duo alleged to have failed to provide adequate care for their horses has been closed and no arrests will be made, according to the New York State Police.
Frank Burgess and Brenda (Waitte) Shampo still own one horse, troopers said.
The state police had a handful of calls on May 29 about the possible animal cruelty of three horses, according to New York State Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, public information officer for Troop B.
Moira Town Supervisor Cindy Gale said the horses used to be on Clark Street before they were moved to Best Road this summer. At least one of the horses has been moved to a location in St. Lawrence County. [The veterinarian Dr. Julie Clas] determined it was doing much much better, so [the owners] will keep it, said Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne of the reports he received from the New York State Police.
Mr. Champagne said that the police had visited the area no fewer than 20 times.
One of the horses was reportedly transported to the Adirondack Equine Center in Lake Placid. Mr.
The Franklin County prosecutor said the police informed him one of the horses had only made minimal improvement and needed to go to a facility with more expensive grain and supplements. The vet felt she had done what she could, but more intensive care may help it, so they sent it to [the] equine center [yesterday]. He He said he was aware of the concern in the community for the plight of the horses. Dont get me wrong, I am absolutely against cruelty to animals, but we have to get a sworn statement, Mr. Champagnesaid Wednesday. Im not going to allocate the taxpayers money ... [to investigate] information on Facebook and Topix. Thats why we have the state police ... they have a tremendous amount of credibility.
If there was a sworn statement given to the state police, Mr. Champagne said his office would absolutely work the case.
The police would track is down and find the truth that may lie somewhere in between, he said.