Mare (top and middle) and foal were two of the horses seized from Shelley Wing and both had a BCS of 1.
The verdict is guilty in the trial of a New York horse breeder accused of neglecting her herd of horses. Shelley Wing was convicted of 41 counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide the necessary food and water for the animals.
A jury of six listened to three-days of testimony from various individuals involved with the September 2013 seizure. Forty-one horses were removed from On a Wing and a Prayer Farm’s 20-acre parcel that was “grazed to nothing.” One horse died after the seizure. Authorities also found the skeletal remains of two horses in a barn on the property.
Essex County Assistant District Attorney Michael Langey relied on the expert opinions of veterinarians, including Dr. Diane Dodd, who helped assess the condition of the horses. She testified that many of the horses scored a 1 or 2 on the Henneke Body Condition Scoring system, meaning they were emaciated or very thin. Most of the remaining horses scored 3s. In most cases, a healthy horse should have a BCS of 5.
Public defender William Tansey attempted to make the case that Wing “loved” her horses and that the Henneke Body Condition Scoring system was subjective.
Wing faces up to a year jail sentence for each count. She could also be banned from owning animals. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
The horses seized from Wing have been adopted.