Putnam SPCA: Man responsible for extreme negligence of 2 horses

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PUTNAM VALLEY -

Police arrested a man after they say two extremely neglected horses were spotted in Putnam Valley.

The chain of events began with an anonymous tip that claimed two horses on South Highland Road looked extremely skinny.

The Putnam County SPCA stepped in, obtaining a search and seizure warrant from the town and eventually seizing the horses. The horses were immediately taken to be looked at by veterinarians.

The vets rated the horses bodies on a scale of one to five, with five meaning they were chunky -- Ken Ross of the SPCA says doctors barely rated the horses a one.

The Humane Law Enforcement Department for the Putnam County SPCA described the property the horses lived on as completely unkempt. The property has nearly no grass for horses to graze on, stalls are completely broken down and feces could be found in many places.

Paul O'Dair, the owner of the horses, was ultimately charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

"Originally he said the horses were fine. He didn't see that there was any problem," says Ross. "This was a sign of extreme alleged negligence."

Ross is demanding justice for the horses, saying had they stayed where they were much longer, they were not going to make it.

"These animals were suffering for a long period of time," says Ross. "When we brought them to the rescue, they were in tears."

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