9 ponies rescued, 4 dead at Berkley, Massachusetts breeding farm; owner faces animal cruelty charges

Nine ponies have been rescued from a Berkley breeding farm and animal cruelty charges have been filed against the former owner after investigators found four animals dead and “unsanitary conditions and insufficient access to the food and water,” officials said.

On-scene investigators found three dead ponies and a dead horse on the property, the Animal Rescue League of Boston said in a news release.

Three of the rescued ponies were taken to the ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center while the other six were transported to the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen – which the ARL also said was helping with the effort.

“The three ponies with ARL are classified as thin to emaciated, scoring between two and three on the Henneke Equine Scale,” ARL said of the scale running from 1 to 9, with 9 being the most. healthy.

The group added that the ponies are currently on a refeeding plan and are receiving veterinary and farrier care for their hooves.

Once at a healthy weight, the horses will be made available for adoption.

For the six ponies cared for by the MSPCA, they remain isolated from the rest of the animals at Nevins Farm, according to ARL.

“On admission, they all scored between one and two on the Henneke Equine scale, which classifies them as wasted,” ARL said of these ponies. “They remain fearful but are slowly getting used to the presence of staff and volunteers tending to their needs.”

These six ponies will also be available for adoption in the coming weeks, ARL added.

The ARL Law Enforcement Department has filed 13 counts of animal cruelty against Berkley’s former owner Gary Bolger, the organization said, who is due to stand trial in New York City Court. Taunton district on May 18.

The investigation was a collaborative effort between Berkley Police, two animal welfare and rescue organizations and local animal control, ARL said.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston, founded in 1899, provides veterinary care, adoption and rescue services to animals in need while addressing the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect by the through community programs, police investigations and public advocacy.

ARL served more than 23,000 animals across Massachusetts in 2021, he said, and relies on the generosity of its supporters because it receives no public funding or government grants.

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