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March 05, 2015

South Jersey horse dies after alleged abuse

Animal was focus of social media campaign

South Jersey Animals
Toby dies Burlington County SPCA Humane Police/Facebook

Toby, a 9-year-old gelding, died after neglect, police said.

One horse has died and another is reportedly recovering after a South Jersey woman allegedly neglected them for several days during the brutal cold, police said.

Burlington County SPCA Humane Police discovered the emaciated horses – Toby, a 9-year-old thoroughbred gelding, and Sunny, a 28-year-old gelding – at a Mansfield farm on Feb. 20, authorities said.

Sunny was relocated to a new home, but Toby was rushed to the New Jersey Equine Clinic in Millstone and became the center of an extensive social media campaign by the humane police to raise money for surgery for a frostbite injury.

For days he fought to survive with the help of donations from area residents.

“For the past week, Toby has received lots of donations and support from all of you, for which we extend our gratitude for your generosity and concern,” the humane police reported Monday on their Facebook page. “Now he needs prayers and well wishes. His surgery did take place first thing this morning. Initially, everything was moving in the right direction, but a bad turn of events took place this afternoon.”

Toby went through a second round of emergency surgery but was unable to recover. He was euthanized late Monday, authorities announced Tuesday.

According to the humane police, “the horses had not been fed in several days admittedly by the owner and the stock tank that has the water was frozen solid.”

The owner, Kelly Schreiber, 45, has been charged with multiple offenses of animal cruelty, police said.