Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler was recently presented with an “Award of Excellence” by the New York State Humane Association.
Patricia Valusek, President of the NYS Humane Association, stated that the award was presented to recognize “the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, headed by District Attorney David Hoovler, for its commitment to finding justice for nine horses who died of starvation, on the Ryan farm in Goshen.”
On July 24, Jeanne Ryan, a former New York City Police Officer who had retired on a disability pension, was found guilty after a bench trial before Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill of ten felony counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.
Ryan was also convicted of ten misdemeanor counts of Overdriving, Torturing, and Injuring Animals, for underfeeding the same animals. On Sept. 6, Ryan was sentenced to the maximum sentence allowed under the law for nine of the ten felony counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, and for all ten counts of Overdriving, Torturing, and Injuring Animals.
Consistent with the District Attorney’s recommendation, Ryan was sentenced to a conditional discharge on one of the felony counts, to help ensure that she is prevented from owning animals during the pendency of any appeals on the case. Judge Freehill also issued an order prohibiting Ryan from owning or possessing animals for 15 years.
An equine rescue society that took possession of the surviving horse received a restitution order for expenses incurred for their care of the starving horse. Ryan’s conviction required her to register with the Orange County Animal Abuse Registry, which will prevent her from owning animals in Orange County.
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Borek and Assistant District Attorney Anika Mohammed for their prosecution of the Ryan case.