Updated: 06/18/2014 8:18 PM
Created: 06/18/2014 7:03 AM WHEC.com
A Fairport woman is facing animal cruelty charges after investigators say she starved her horses to death.
Christina Mulcahy, 23, has been indicted after investigators say she did not provide proper food, water, or shelter for her two horses, Stormie and Gunner.
Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies say they came across the barn last week during a search for a missing person in Palmyra. They say they originally thought the barn was abandoned until one of the deputies discovered a dead horse inside. Another horse was found dead in a nearby field.
“There was a door open to the barn, so the deputies checked for this missing woman, and when they went in to the barn they found the horse dead in the stall,” said Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy.
Healy said the horse was in a filthy stall with no bedding and was laying in nearly five inches of manure. He says a third horse was moved to another property just days before the gruesome discovery. Healy says that horse appears to have been starved but is expected to survive.
In her statement to police, Mulcahy claims she loved her horses, but she just couldn’t care for them anymore.
“I don’t accept that, and I don’t buy that statement,” said Healy.
Victoria Kremer says she’s still nursing her horse back to good health after paying Mulcahy to care for it about a year ago.
“She was just declining at a really rapid pace. She lost 300 pounds in weeks,” said Kremer about her horse.
The DA says Mulcahy is no stranger to investigators. Healy says two years ago six underweight horses were discovered on her property.
At the time, her attorney assured the DA’s office that the horses had all found new homes.
Mulcahy has pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, the DA says he will seek the maximum sentence: two years behind bars. Mulcahy has been released from the Wayne County Jail on $750 bail. She is scheduled to return to court at a later date.