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  • Warning: Graphic pictures attached.Urgent Action needed. Horse Abuse NY state

    Cross posting this article for a friend. It's long but please take the time to read and also visit the Times Herald Record link. Picture are at the end of the post. Thanks in advance.

    Dear Friends,

    They are horses. Her name is Suzi. Her friend is called Whiskey.

    These photos are graphic--but they are real. They are documentation of just
    how much suffering was inflicted on these two innocent animals at the hands
    of the person responsible for their care: Keum H. Lee. Look at them,
    please, and then take action: to assure punishment to the person who
    caused them such pain, and to protect the future health and happiness of
    these animals. Please, stand up to send the message, loud and clear, that
    animal abuse in New York State will not be tolerated, and will be punished,
    with a vengeance.

    Please: stand up for Suzi, who has hurt so much, for so long. Please:
    join forces with others who care. Be her voice. Tell her story. Defend
    her right to live without pain and suffering. Please: send the message
    that there are people who will fight for those who cannot fight for
    themselves, with voices, with letters, with phone calls, with faxes, with
    their hearts and minds, with their outrage--outrage that animal cruelty is
    not viewed as an accountable crime, outrage that people can do such things
    and be allowed to walk away--often with the very animal they tortured beside
    them, heart hammering in fear.

    Look at Suzi and consider just what it is this sweet horse has endured at
    the hands of the person entrusted to care for her. One count of misdemeanor
    cruelty is the charge, when Suzi's pain went on for days, and months, and is
    still going on. Suzi is still receiving daily visits from the vet. Should
    this person be allowed to receive Suzi back again? That is Keum H. Lee's
    plan: she has refused to surrender ownership of these horses. Should the
    fact that she starved Suzi's companion be dismissed, as if that suffering
    did not occur, was not worthy of mention in the charges against this person?

    The Defendant: Keum H. Lee, female, age 58, occupation: physicist

    The Story:

    On the night of Thursday, April 16th, near midnight, a call reporting a
    horse loose on a Wallkill road came in to the police station. The attending
    police officer reported "it smells like the horse's face is rotting
    off"--which indeed, was exactly the case. On Friday, April 17th, Animal
    Control and an equine vet went to the property of the horses' caregiver,
    Keum H. Lee, to investigate.

    Suzi, a palomino mare, was declared to be approximately 600 hundred pounds
    underweight, and suffering from extreme untended facial wounds, and
    infection. Her companion, called Whiskey, was found to be approximately
    200 pounds underweight. Under the direction of the investigating
    veterinarian, the horses were immediately transported to Equine Rescue
    Inc., a local equine rescue organization, for proper care and
    rehabilitation. Everyone's heart went out to these two survivors--and yet,
    they are hardly now in a situation that can be called safe.

    The Case

    Although reportedly charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty,
    Keum H. Lee is now charged with only one count. This, despite the obvious,
    documentable, and agonizing suffering and starvation imposed on Suzi, and
    the obvious neglect and starvation of Whiskey. Keum H. Lee has yet to pay
    one vet bill. She has refused to surrender her right to care for these
    animals. She is, in fact, pleading Not Guilty to the single charge against
    her--despite the overwhelming evidence of her abuse.

    Keum H. Lee will go to trial on Wednesday, June 24.

    The Abuse:

    Removal of Suzi's halter revealed wounds filled with maggots. Because a
    salivary duct on the right side of her face was crushed during the ongoing
    ordeal, and the condition was not treated, saliva now leaks out through her
    jawbone. After a six hour operation, Suzi is reported as not recovering

    Prior to Suzi escaping to the road--an act that likely saved her
    life--numerous reports had been filed regarding abusive conditions for
    animals at Keum H. Lee's address. No action was taken by authorities until
    Suzi was reported loose in the road--at which time, action was taken because
    the situation was suddenly, a public safety one.

    What Is Going To Happen?

    If no one cares, and no one acts, this is what will happen: Keum H. Lee
    will be found Guilty, or found Not Guilty, of misdemeanor animal abuse. If
    found Guilty, which is the likely outcome, she will pay a small fine. The
    horses will be returned to her--despite the statement of the examining
    equine veterinarian and the observations of the clinic veterinarians that
    these horses suffered, were starved, were abused--despite the documented
    agonies she has already inflicted on these animals: the horses will be
    returned to Keum H. Lee.

    The Alternative: Express Your Outrage!

    You can make a difference. Person by person. Caring heart by caring heart,
    we can make a difference in the lives of these two horses.

    1. Please: call, write, and fax the following people and politely and
    intelligently DEMAND:

    * that the correct felony charges be brought against Keum H. Lee for
    her willful and extreme neglect and abuse;

    * that Keum H. Lee be charged on separate counts for the abuse
    inflicted on two different animals;

    * that Keum H. Lee NOT be allowed to receive these animals back under
    ANY circumstances;

    * that Keum H. Lee be required to pay for all related veterinary care

    * that Keum H. Lee be refused the right to care for any animals as
    long as she lives in the state of New York.

    2. Please forward the story of Suzi and her companion, and how they have
    suffered and are suffering still, to everyone you know, and ask them to
    stand up with you in support of helping these two horses to a life of health
    and safety.

    Who to Contact: Express Your Outrage!

    Francis D. Phillips, District Attorney
    255 Main Street
    Goshen, NY 10924
    Phone: (845) 291-2050
    Fax: (845) 291-2085

    Andy Kass, Esq.
    c/o Orange County District Attorney's Office
    18 Seward Avenue
    Middletown, NY 10940
    Phone: 845-615-3640
    Fax: (845) 346-1189

    Tanya Beamer, Esq.
    c/o Orange County District Attorney's Office
    18 Seward Avenue
    Middletown, NY 10940
    Phone: 845-615-3640
    Fax: (845) 346-1189

    From the hearts of these horses to our hearts, and from our hearts to yours:
    thank you for caring . And, thank you for acting. Together, we can save
    them. Please help.

    Linda Brink
    Director, Sunnyskies Bird & Animal Sanctuary
    Warwick, NY
    Attached Files

  • #2
    sending my plea

    Here is a link for the story, yours is broken
    I Loff My Quarter Horse & I love Fenway Bartholomule cliques

    Just somebody with a positive outlook on life...go ahead...hate me for that.


    • #3
      Dear Lord.
      Jingling for these poor sweet darlings. I have seen literally overnight a too-snug nylon halter melt the skin and hair off the jaw of a horse....and I shudder to think how long this beautiful girl has been suffering like this. Beastly.
      Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
      Official member of the "I Sing Silly Songs to My Animals!" Clique


      • #4
        Sent my letter to the District Attorney on behalf of Suzi and Whiskey. How horrible for her to suffer like that! Did not find much information in the Record. Please keep us posted on progress with both the case and the horses if you can!
        Last edited by Brockstables; Jun. 17, 2009, 03:57 PM. Reason: afterthought... too bad we can't volunteer to be on the Jury!!!


        • Original Poster

          Thanks Brockstables, will definitely keep updates posted and thanks to equineartworks too for sending her pleas and fixing the broken link!


          • #6
            My God in heaven, how do these people sleep at night? I don't know what affect my "Canadian" letter will have, but please consider it sent!

            \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~


            • #7
              How awful It makes me see red....

              How people can even CONSIDER doing these things is beyond me.

              Sent my letter. It was hard to keep it professional when you want to shake the DA and ask them WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING.
              Last edited by Across Sicily; Jun. 17, 2009, 08:18 PM.


              • #8
                Horrid!!!! SHAMEFUL!!!!!
                "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"


                • #9
                  chiming in with my two cents. I kept it professional, even though I'd like the woman's organs harvested for donation immediately.

                  Just sick about this.
                  a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                  • Original Poster

                    Bumping to keep it current. Please bombard the D A with your individual emails. Every letter will help these horses. Go Cothers, you can do it!


                    • #11
                      And the local SPCA?

                      The SPCA taking a step backward may be part of the problem. It may be that the owner had a history of animal neglect and abuse, with those instances swept under the rug.

                      In a relatively poor county in Central NY, the SPCA was asked to investigate a neglected horse. A disagreement between a caring barn owner and the horse owner who temporarily him boarded there (and was both ignorant and (therefore) offended) escalated to the point that the horse owner committed other crimes for which she was charged. The owner soon left the state, and later pled her various crimes (including a felony) down to some sort of probation. The horse was known to many local barn owners to have been in poor condition and the owner resistant to normal veterinary care.

                      I surmise that the court just wanted her out of their jurisdiction and out of their jails. But earlier (and part of what perhaps supported her plea bargain), the SPCA deemed the horse "not in ideal condition" but good enough. The SPCA saw the horse for the first time after the BO had rehydrated, fed and possibly wormed him. While the 10 day investigation went on, the SPCA ruled that the horse had to stay in this barn, on the BO's tab.

                      I believe that the SPCA failed everyone-- the horse certainly, but also the cop who was injuried in the line of duty (producing the felony charge)-- by taking a step backward. I'm guessing that they just didn't want to have to take possession and feed this horse. No one has made any mention of the BO being repaid.

                      So far as the local SPCA turned their back on this horse, there is no record to follow him in his new state. It's conceivable that the horse will suffer starvation and neglect a third time. I will never again contribute to our local SPCA, and that's too bad. But there's no point in supporting an agency that doesn't do its (chosen!) job.
                      The armchair saddler
                      Politically Pro-Cat


                      • Original Poster

                        SPCA...What's that?!! They're not much good for anything other than taking your donations! Grass root individuals, such as Linda, are pushing for justice. Local horse rescue group has the ponies. I doubt that the SPCA gave this case a sideways glance.


                        • #13
                          I have sent my letter - how absolutely appalling!


                          • #14
                            I too have sent my letter. How awful and who in their right mind could put a horse back with that woman.

                            COTH, keeping popcorn growers in business for years.

                            "I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars. This line reminds me why I have horses.


                            • #15
                              The initial post says the owner is a physicist. Is there a professional organization, an amployer that can be notified?


                              • #16
                                I'm with Quinn. Letters made a difference in a florida case of dog abuse, and horse abuse.
                                It is making a difference in the 3 stikes fiasco.


                                • #17
                                  Another letter sent.

                                  Such gross and obvious injuries cannot be caused by ignorance.


                                  • #18
                                    I live 20 min from there and I had no idea this happened!!! How can people stand by and let this happen?? I just don't understand! Another letter written....


                                    • #19
                                      I sent my letter too. I'm going to try to call this Lee person & get her "reasons" for letting this happen.
                                      Producing horses with gentle minds & brilliant movement!


                                      • #20
                                        Those poor horses That is horrible!