IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE: MONA KANCIPER, NEW YORK HORSE RESCUE
Court Overturns Charge Against Mona Kanciper, Horse Rescuer
(Manorville, NY – November 16, 2012) The New York State Appellate Court, Second Department has ruled for Mona Kanciper, a horse rescuer who was charged wrongfully for child endangerment. The court ruled her charges reversed and the original indictment dismissed.
Kanciper said, “I am overwhelmed by the Court's decision. My faith in the justice system is restored. The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (SCSPCA) case against me was false from beginning to end and they must be stopped from targeting other innocent people. I look forward to winning my State and Federal lawsuits against the SCPCA and their volunteers for their abuse of power and wrongful prosecution of me. It is important to hold this organization accountable so they will think twice before doing the same thing to someone else. I, together with New York Horse Rescue, will continue our mission of rescuing and rehabilitating horses.”
"I'm gratified the appellate court relied on the very facts brought out by the defense in overturning this decision. In my view the case was an enormous waste of time and money. It was driven by malice against Mona Kanciper , the insatiable desire of the SPCA for publicity and the District Attorney's inability to admit it made a mistake.”
said Kanciper’s trial attorney, Paul Gianelli.
Laurie Hershey, appeal attorney for Mona Kanciper, said; "The important part of the decision was that the Appellate Division did not merely reverse the conviction, but also dismissed the charges which amounts to a complete vindication of Mona Kanciper. The prosecution never had a case against Ms. Kanciper and the Appellate Division"s dismissal of the charges for 'legally insufficient evidence' makes that eminently clear."
Civil attorney Alan Sash, Esq. said, “I am extremely pleased with the court's decision. We look forward to vigorously pursuing Mona Kanciper’s and New York Horse Rescue's State and Federal civil claims against the Suffolk County SPCA. As a lawyer, it's a good feeling when justice is done. "
The Suffolk County District Attorney brought the outrageous charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment against Kanciper based upon false accusations by disgruntled employee who sent a letter to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SCSPCA), which conducted virtually no investigation. Mona Kanciper was found innocent last year of all charges of animal cruelty.
DECISION & ORDER
Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the County Court, Suffolk County (Hudson, J.), rendered January 24, 2012, convicting her of endangering the welfare of a child, after a nonjury trial, and imposing sentence.
ORDERED that the judgment is reversed, on the law, the indictment is dismissed, and the matter is remitted to the County Court, Suffolk County, for the purpose of entering an order in its discretion pursuant to CPL 160.50.
The defendant was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child after she injected a dog with a tranquilizer in the presence of a child. Viewed in the light most favorable to the People (see People v Contes
, 60 NY2d 620, 621), the evidence failed to establish that witnessing the injection of the tranquilizer was likely to result in harm to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of the child (see
Penal Law § 260.10; People v Hitchcock
, 98 NY2d 586, 590-591). There was no evidence demonstrating that the child was aware, at the time she witnessed the injection, that the defendant intended to euthanize the dog later that day, or that she was upset by seeing the dog receive the tranquilizer injection. The child was familiar with medical treatments requiring injections, as she had seen her own pet dog injected on many occasions to treat his diabetes. Consequently, the evidence supporting the defendant's conviction was not legally sufficient (see People v Contes
, 60 NY2d at 621).
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