Two horses seized from a New Jersey rescue operator facing animal cruelty charges have been euthanized, according to an official. Seven horses were removed from Monica Thors’s custody on Tuesday.
The horses, including According to Prince, were humanely euthanized based on a veterinarian’s order, according to Matt Stanton, NJ SPCA Spokesperson. The black horse is seen in photos hanging from a sling reportedly due to a hoof infection, although Thors posted online it was due to “contracted tendons.” Thors signed off on the decision to end the horses’ suffering, Stanton says.
Thors is charged with inflicting unnecessary cruelty upon a living creature and one count of failure to provide necessary care. Photos allegedly show Thors trimming and drilling away at her horses’ feet until they bled.
There are allegations that Thors is also abusing a group of cats, but Stanton says his group knows nothing about any cats or other animals. “A formal complaint regarding the cats must be received.”
The five remaining horses in custody are overweight and somewhat lame, according to Stanton. A goat was also seized from Thors.
Thors is scheduled to appear in court on January 27, 2015 for her arraignment.