9 ponies rescued from Berkley Breeding Farm; 4 dead animals found on the property

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The owner faces 13 counts of animal cruelty.

Boston Animal Rescue League

Nine ponies were rescued from a breeding farm in Berkley, Massachusetts, earlier this year and the farm owner is facing multiple animal cruelty charges.

Three ponies and a horse were found dead on the property, according to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA Angell.

Berkley’s Gary Bolger is facing 13 counts of animal cruelty and is due to stand trial on May 18 in Taunton District Court.

The Animal Rescue League responded to a call March 6 from animal inspectors in Berkley reporting chronically thin horses and dead animals on the farm. A necropsy on one of the deceased ponies determined the cause of death to be chronic starvation, officials said at a news conference on Tuesday.

The owner cooperated with the release of the remaining animals, officials said.

Lt. Alan Borgal, an investigation specialist with the Animal Rescue League, said it’s unclear how long neglect has been happening since animal inspections were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

“A lot of times we see crates of horses, they start going bad in cold weather and they get lean and whatever food they get, they burn energy to stay healthy, alive,” said he declared.

Three of the nine surviving ponies, who officials say are Connemara ponies, were taken to the Animal Rescue League Animal Care and Adoption Center in Dedham, with the other six being taken to Nevins Farm from the MSPCA in Methuen.

The three horses taken to Dedham are classed as ‘thin to emaciated, scoring between one two and three [out of nine] on the Henneke Equine Scale,” according to the ARL. Meanwhile, animals in the care of the MSPCA scored between one and two on the Henneke Equine Scale, classifying them as emaciated.

Animals at both sites follow a refeeding plan and receive veterinary and farrier care. The oldest animal is 15 years old.

The two organizations said the ponies will be made available for adoption once they reach a healthy weight and receive proper care.

“They’re not wild horses, so to speak, but they haven’t been handled much and they need to get used to being handled again,” said Roger Lauze, head of rescue and equine training at the MSPCA, during the press. conference. “It will take some time before we can get them ready for adoption just because of that fact.”

In the meantime, the two organizations are accepting donations to help care for the horses.