The Herald, Sharon, PA Published Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Horse owner under deadline to clean up after society raid

By Jeff Greenburg
Herald Staff Writer

The Mercer County Humane Society is giving an Otter Creek Township woman about five weeks to clean up her property or face additional citations for cruelty to animals, agent Cyndi Sankey said Tuesday.

Mrs. Sankey and several volunteers returned to the 91 Bush Road farm of Becky L. Kaltenbaugh over the weekend to complete the removal of malnourished horses. But instead of the original number of four that Mrs. Sankey thought were going to have to be removed, only two were taken.

Mrs. Sankey said there were also 23 other horses, four dogs, three goats and a rabbit on the property, which was littered with old tires, rusted metal items, glass and wood.

"She has until Oct. 1 to get the grounds cleaned up so it's a safe environment," Mrs. Sankey said. "And the barn either has to be boarded up so there's no possibility of an animal entering there, or be torn down completely."

The stable, she continued, is the most likely option to make into a shelter, but said Ms. Kaltenbaugh must "get it repaired, clean out the stalls, clean out the arena and make an area for food storage that's dry."

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