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Parishville woman completes 30 days in county jail for animal cruelty conviction

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WINTHROP - A Parishville woman is due back in Stockholm Town Court for a restitution hearing to determine how much she will have to pay for the boarding of nine horses that had been removed from her property in October after she was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Rose L. Malone, 50, of 1299 Parishville-Potsdam Road, Parishville, was sentenced by Stockholm Town Justice Wayne G. Williams late last month to serve 30 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and placed on probation for three years for her conviction on one count of animal cruelty in a plea bargain agreement that had satisfied several animal cruelty charges pending in the town of Stockholm and Parishville. Jail officials said Malone, with credit for good time, was released from the county correctional facility Thursday night.

As part of the plea bargain agreement, Malone agreed to terminate her ownership of eight of the horses that had been taken from her properties. She will be allowed under the terms of her probationary sentence to care for one horse. The 10th horse died hours after being seized by a veterinarian as part of the animal cruelty investigation.

Malone had pleaded guilty to the animal cruelty count in June, but the initial sentencing date was postponed when the Parishville woman failed to meet with probation department officials for her pre-sentence interview. Malone appeared before Judge Williams again on Aug. 7 and was told she needed to contact the probation department to schedule a date for her pre-sentence interview. When probation officials informed the Stockholm town justice a week later that they had still not had any contact with Malone, he set sentencing for Aug. 28.

The complaint that initially led to Malone’s arrest on animal cruelty charges was filed with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 12. It alleged Malone had failed to provide her seven horses at 276 Buckton Road, town of Stockholm, with proper food, drink and shelter. Similar allegations were made about two horses and a colt she had at her home on the Potsdam-Parishville Road.

Deputies, according to court documents, said the horses on Buckton Road were housed on a property that included an abandoned mobile home, numerous vehicles and considerable garbage. The horses had been separated into two corrals, but deputies said no shelter was available for the animals and they found days-old hay and a minimal amount of water available for the horses.

Their report indicated the horses were contained in an area filled with deep mud and appeared emaciated, with ribs and shoulders clearly visible. The first horse removed from the property by a veterinarian died while the condition of the other horses reportedly improved when they were boarded in Watertown after being removed from Malone’s properties.

Deputies said the two horses and colt at Malone’s property in Parishville were in a corral that was approximately 50 to 60 feet in circumference, and the area was full of manure with the horses having muck six to eight inches up on their legs.

Dr. Kirsten D. Anderson of Lake Effect Veterinary Services, Watertown, had inspected Malone’s 10 horses and found them to be in poor condition and in need of immediate medical attention.

“They were very thin. Not because the lady didn’t care about them; she just couldn’t care for them,” Dr. Anderson said at the time of Malone’s arrest.

Malone’s negligence was not a result of criminal intent, Deputy Christopher O. Duciewicz said. “She liked the horses,” he said. “She astounded herself that she couldn’t maintain that many horses.”

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