Hurt, abandoned horse needs surgery

CLAVERACK—The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA seeks donations to help a horse named Skye that was seized by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and CGHS/SPCA, July 21.

The 14-year-old mare was allegedly abandoned in a barn in Halcott, Greene County, without food or water, for an extended period of time during the hottest stretch of the year. She was found emaciated and dehydrated, had two serious injuries on her rear legs. One of these wounds went untreated for so long it had grown to the size of a basketball.

Upon veterinary examination, Skye was given a body condition score of 1.5 (1 being emaciated and 9 being obese). “It’s amazing that Skye survived this hot weather period, considering the average horse will drink 10 to 20 gallons of water each day. Her survival demonstrates what a fighter she is. She has an incredible will to live,” CGHS/SPCA President/Cruelty Investigator Ron Perez said in a press release. In a subsequent email, he described Skye as a grey Thoroughbred cross with “excellent manners” a “very nice mare.”

Skye endured two serious injuries to her hind legs and needs surgery. Photo contributed

Skye was transferred to a foster home, arranged through CGHS/SPCA, where she’s been under the care of an equine veterinarian. It is expected that Skye will make a full recovery, but she will need to undergo surgery for her injuries. The surgery and post-surgery follow-up costs are estimated at $3,000 to $4,000. CGHS/SPCA asks the public to consider contributing toward Skye’s treatment since these unexpected emergency veterinary fees will press the budget of the shelter, which subsists primarily on donations.

William Hrazanek, 73, of Hog Mountain Road, Fleischmanns in Delaware County, was arrested by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and charged under NYS Agriculture and Market Law Article 26, Cruelty to Animals, Section 353. Animal cruelty is a class A misdemeanor, and if convicted, Mr. Hrazanek could face up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Mr. Perez commended the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding job in their investigation of this cruelty complaint. “Due to their quick response, we believe the Sheriff’s Office saved Skye’s life. She likely wouldn’t have lasted another day without water,” he said in the release.

To give toward Skye’s needs, donations may be mailed to CGHS/SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534, Attn: Skye, or sent online via the shelter’s website,

Skye was found abandoned with no food or water during the hottest conditions this summer. Photo contributed

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