2 facing animal cruelty charges after 4 emaciated horses removed from NH farm
DEERING — Two people turned themselves in to police and will face animal cruelty charges after authorities found four horses living in unsafe conditions in a barn the horses reportedly hadn't left in over a year.
Antony P. Costine, 46, and Spring A. Romer, 46, both of 558 East Deering Road, are facing animal cruelty charges after the Arabian horses were found in "extremely poor health and living in very poor, unkempt and unsafe conditions," according to the Deering Police Department. Romer also has an address in Vermont.
After receiving a complaint in May, police, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the state veterinary office make repeated and unsuccessful attempts to contact Costine and Romer to ask their cooperation in evaluating the horses.
Police were eventually able to secure a search warrant for the residential farm on East Deering Road. Chief James Pushee and State Department of Agriculture veterinary technician Alicia Pedemonti originally executed the search warrant but additional assistance was requested, and Deering Police Capt. Thomas Cavanaugh responded, as well as Veterinary Technician Tara Turcogeorge.
The four horses were seized by the police department and turned over to the Live and Let Live Farm Equine Rescue Group, who arrived with more assistance and two horse trailers.
While the horses were being loaded, Costine and Romer signed a surrender form to formally release the horses to the care and custody of the Live and Let Live Farm.
Costine is charged with four class A misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals under RSA 644:8. Costine is also charged with three violation charges under NH RSA 435:12, 13, and 14.
Romer is also charged with four class A misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals under RSA 644:8. Romer is also charged with three violation charges under NH RSA 435:12, 13, and 14.
Both were released on personal recognizance bail.
As for the horses, Executive Director of Live and Let Live Farm Teresa Paradis says they are slowly recovering. Paradis says her biggest worry is the gray horse, named Solstice, due to starvation she suffered at the Deering farm. Another one of the four, Super Nova, has a bad leg and possible hernia. Paradis says Super Nova will undergo an ultrasound in a couple weeks to see if it can be fix, but they have to wait until she gains some wait and is stronger.
Live and Let Live Farm is trying to raise $10,000 in order to get a match donation to pay for the care of the horses. According to their Facebook page they have raised $8,100.