The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals plans to file charges of animal cruelty against standardbred horse owner Monica Thors of South Harrison reports the Courier-Post.
An investigation has been going on since last year stated SPCA spokesman Matt Stanton.
Earlier in the year, a CBS report garnered the attention of horse owners and humane advocates, when photos of the shaved down horses’ hooves were featured. Horses were not able to stand or walk, and within a year three standardbreds died; two allegedly died in a clinic as a result from infections of their feet.
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey released the following statement:
“We are aware of the inhumane treatment of Standardbreds owned by Monica Thors, and we have used our contacts in state government to push for actions to remove the horses from her. The appropriate agencies in Trenton will be moving forward to rectify this problem. We are shocked and incensed that the mistreatment of these horses has been ongoing and the issues unresolved despite previous interventions by state agencies.”
In addition the organization has reached out to their contacts in state government and “have been assured that there will be action and a resolution to this shortly.”
Even though the focus now is on rescuing the horses, Thors is also reported to have in her possession over 50 cats. On the Facebook page, Pet Watch New Jersey, more allegations of stomach turning abuse have been revealed; this time to cats.
“For one thing, she cuts their whiskers off! She shaves the fur in-between their toes and from their sensitive pads because “they drag litter from their boxes” and she or her workers “bathes them EVERY DAY.”
“We also wonder, are the cats declawed? We shudder to think Thors is doing that herself. Their mouths appear to be malformed. We hope to God she isn’t filing down their teeth, since she seems to be obsessive with filing the horses’ hooves and the goat’s.”
Allegations of Thors cutting off the cats’ whiskers, shaving between their toes and inner ears have also been discussed and observed.
According to the Facebook page, Stop Monica Thors, ten horses have been removed on Tuesday afternoon.
When will the abuse to animals end?
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