A Ridge woman has been accused of neglecting five horses at her farm, one of which Suffolk County SPCA officials said was near death, anemic and had to have an eye removed.
Cynthia Schultes was charged last week with five counts of animal cruelty.
Investigators and a veterinarian found the horses to be “extremely underweight” before they were sent to a boarding facility out of state, according to Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA.
An equine vet found that the horses also had various long-term medical issues that required immediate attention. They have since gained weight and were responding positively to treatment.
Schultes is due at First District Court in Central Islip on Oct. 17.