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Pennsylvania District Attorney Still Refusing to Alleviate Pony’s Suffering
by Jeremy Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 at 5:58 PM

Horse in agony is refused euthanasia.

Urgent Update: Pennsylvania District Attorney Still Refusing to Alleviate Pony’s Suffering

“She is in chronic pain day in and day out. And much of that was preventable. The best course of action now, though, is euthanasia.”
—Humane Officer Elizabeth Anderson

PETA was alerted in late December to a disturbing case involving an elderly, blind pony, Candy, who is suffering from severe laminitis (a painful hoof condition) and a massive rectal growth that is contorting her posture, according to one veterinarian. Disturbing photos ( of Candy can be viewed online.

Both the local humane officer and the veterinarian who examined this animal maintain that given Candy’s condition, euthanasia is the most humane option. The humane officer believes that cruelty-to-animals charges against the pony’s owner should be pursued, given how long Candy has been suffering. Alarmingly, the owner’s veterinarian apparently persuaded the district attorney to revoke the humane officer’s seizure order, which would have enabled her to end the pony’s misery. The case was then transferred to another humane agency, the Dessin Animal Shelter, which—PETA caseworkers have learned—works with the very same veterinarian hired by the pony’s owner.

The district attorney has rebuffed PETA’s phone calls and ignored PETA’s reasonable request to consult a veterinarian without connections to the pony’s owner. He was quoted in The Scranton Times(] )on February 19, 2005, as saying, “The fact that something is in moderate pain and is elderly is no mandate to kill it,” and as stating that he would not obtain a third veterinarian’s opinion because “PETA will not dictate how the law is administered in Wayne County.”

Candy needs your voice now more than ever. Please politely contact prosecutor Michael Lehutsky and urge him to follow the recommendations of the humane officer and equine veterinarian who inspected Candy and agreed that euthanasia was the only way to end Candy’s misery. Please also urge him to pursue cruelty-to-animals charges in this case. Remind him of the importance of taking cruelty to animals seriously—for the sake of the community at large as well as its animals.

Our campaign will suffer if correspondence is impolite:

The Honorable Michael Lehutsky, District Attorney
Wayne County District Attorney’s Office
Wayne County Court House
925 Court St.
Honesdale, PA 18431
570-253-5902 (fax)

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