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Arrests for horse neglect after routine traffic stop

The seized ponies are now in the care of the Sullivan County Humane Society. Photos: Indiana State Police

The seized ponies are now in the care of the Sullivan County Humane Society. Photos: Indiana State Police

Two carnival workers have been arrested in Indiana for animal neglect in relation to two miniature horses found in an enclosed trailer during a routine police traffic stop.

Indiana State Police made the arrests early on Monday afternoon in Sullivan County, when Senior Trooper Byron Goodman, of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, was patrolling US 41.

He stopped a white 1995 Ford pickup pulling the trailer for a routine inspection of the driver, truck, trailer and cargo.

He found the male and female miniatures in the trailer.

neglect-case-Indiana-2The police department said in a statement that the animals appeared emaciated and in general poor health, in addition to allegedly having no water or food. Goodman felt there was not sufficient air flow through the trailer.

The Sullivan County Humane Society was called to the scene. Humane society workers Rachel Clark and Tina Baker took custody of the animals and took them to the Sullivan County Animal Hospital for treatment.

The horses remain in the custody of the Sullivan County Humane Society until further notice.

Goodman arrested the driver, Steven Toth Jr, 21, of Davie, Florida, and Joel Baldwin, 43. The pair face two counts of animal neglect.

Goodman also issued numerous traffic citations for Federal Motor Carrier Safety violations, such as no log book, overloaded trailer tires, and no breakaway trailer brake.

The driver, vehicle, and trailer were all placed out of service, with the pickup truck and trailer impounded.

State police said the carnival workers were employed by Modern Midways Carnival of Miami, Florida. The employees and horses were travelling from Chadsworth, Georgia, to Chicago, Illinois.

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