Ridge Woman Convicted of Neglecting 5 Horses

The Suffolk County SPCA said five horses, including this one, were neglected by a Ridge woman.

A Ridge woman who operates a horse-drawn carriage service has been convicted of severely neglecting five horses last year.

A Suffolk County jury found Cynthia Schultes, owner of Quiet Time Shires, guilty Tuesday of five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

Her Cutchogue-based attorney, Frank Blangiardo, said the 53-year-old woman plans to appeal the conviction based on “several issues.”

The Suffolk County SPCA had arrested Schultes last year, when the agency alleged that horses in her care had become severely emaciated.

Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA, said that the four remaining horses are doing well and living in foster care.

Schultes is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4. She faces up to a year in jail on each count.