GREENFIELD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Allegations of abuse have plagued a Greenfield property spanning as far back as 1995, and neighbors say they feel hopeless that it will ever come to an end.
The property at 131 Wilton Greenfield Rd. in Greenfield has haunted neighbors like Lisa Giordano for decades. In 2012, the previous owner of the property, Ann Arnold, was convicted of abusing more than one dozen horses. In 2013 a caretaker was also convicted, and in December of that year Arnold’s brother, 55-year old Duane Carpenter, was charged with failing to provide water food and care to three horses.
“You start feeling like what can you do when the courts will not hold up the laws what laws there are for them,” said Giordano.
Carpenter was arrested again this week, charged with failing to provide enough water to twelve horses. Arnold had previously transferred the property and horses to his ownership, and supervisor Paul Lunde is frustrated.
“We’re doing everything that we legally can to solve this issue. They obviously know how to work the system and that’s what they’re doing,” he said.
Carpenter, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office, has another property he sometimes moves the horses to. The NYS SPCA is now supervising the care of the horses that remain in Greenfield.
Neighbors continue to help by reporting the abuse.
“We really want people to keep an eye on it to be the eyes. If they see something that doesn’t look correct,” said Lunde.
Carpenter is due back in court in March for both abuse cases.