The eight horses seized from an Oakdale farm in September are now up for public adoption after the state secured custody this week.
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hulburt announced in a joint statement on Thursday that the state was given custody of the eight horses seized from Laurel Ledge Farm.
After undergoing extensive medical care and rehabilitation for months at Second Chance Large Animal Rehabilitation Program in Niantic, the eight horses are up for public adoption.
“We are fortunate that this story has a happy ending, but these horses should never have suffered in this way,” Tong said. “Animal owners in need should seek help immediately — long before legal action becomes necessary.”
Hurlburt said finding suitable homes for each of the horses is essential.
“They have already endured the unthinkable and deserve to be loved unconditionally,” Hurlburt said.
The state took custody of nine horses from Laurel Ledge Farm in September 2020.
One of the horses, Bavaro, had to be euthanized after suffering a seizure. Another horse, Tank, was euthanized at the farm because of a severe bone infection.
Horses Tristan, Regal, Avadon, Ember, Cabot, Sullivan, Sebastian, and Bailey suffered from neglected dental care, with three in obvious and significant dental pain, according to state officials. They all lacked proper hoof care, with three horses needing to undergo extreme and immediate hoof care, officials said. Several of the horses were malnourished.
These eight horses are up for adoption with two other horses previously seized by the state in an unrelated case, officials said.
Those interested in applying for adoption can fill out an application form. Potential adopters will be vetted through a background check and a site visit to confirm they have adequate facilities.
The previous owner of the horses, Michelle R. Wilson, agree to relinquish custody of the animals, state officials said on Thursday.
Wilson, who owns Laurel Ledge Farm in Oakdale, was charge don Sept. 24, 2020, with nine counts of animal cruelty. Her criminal case is pending in Norwich Superior Court. Court records show she is free on a $50,000 bond.