Calverton farm owner charged with animal cruelty

07/13/2011 11:28 AM |

Marie Tooker Guerrera

A Calverton farm owner — who once hosted elementary school field trips on the property — was charged with three counts of animal cruelty Wednesday in connection with a raid on the farm this spring.

Marie Tooker Guerrera, 46,was ticketed by the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at her current home in Flanders on three counts of animal cruelty for allegedly not caring for two horses and a palomino pony at the former Abess Farms on Middle Country Road.

Authorities descended on the farm in April and took custody of two dozen horses and ponies — two of which were found locked in a barn with no food or water — as well as goats, a sheep and a pig. All animals have been adopted or placed in foster care, Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said.

At the time, Mr. Gross said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he had ever seen.

When reached Wednesday morning, Ms. Tooker said she believes the town and her family members are conspiring against her. She also said she was prevented from caring from the animals because she was not allowed on the property, which had gone into foreclosure.

Pointing to two animals she had allegedly neglected, she said one malnourished horse, who was taken to Hillcrest Stables after the raid, was 27 years old and sick from a disease. She also said a pony that suffered a severe eye infection cut itself when the farm’s fence was purposefully cut and several animals escaped. She said those animals were being properly cared for.

“He got stuck in the vines,” she said of the pony. “He was on penicillin and medication.”

That pony needs to have the infected eye removed, and will be in severe pain without the required surgery, officials said earlier this week.

The Suffolk SPCA is asking for the public’s help through donations.

“We have a veterinarian who will perform the surgery, but it will cost $5,000 to cover the cost of the surgery and subsequent medication,” Chief Gross said.

Donations can be sent to the Suffolk County SPCA, 363 Rt. 111, Smithtown, New York  11787.

Ms. Tooker, who once hosted Riley Avenue Elementary School field trips at the farm and who unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Riverhead School Board in 2006, insisted she is being targeted by local authorities because of her previous opposition to building a school at Calverton Enterprise Park.

“It’s about money; it’s not about cruelty to animals,” she said. “We’re fighting this. I’m not done yet.”

But Mr. Gross noted that his agency is a not-for-profit and not affiliated with any local government.

“These horses were severely neglected,” he said. “No animal deserves to be treated that way. The proof is in the pudding.”

Ms. Tooker is due in Southampton Town Justice Court July 27.

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  • The picture of the horse was horrible, but this statement is also horrible “We have a veterinarian who will perform the surgery, but it will cost $5,000 to cover the cost of the surgery and subsequent medication,” So if the donations arn’t being raised this doctor wont perform the procedure? If thats the case, just put the animal down, or charge the doctor for cruelty as well. Just my opinion

  • this pony away from someone who took care of him for over 5 yrs.this pony was getting cared for and so was the old horse who started dropping his weight. he was seperated from the rest of the horses because he was sick. they came to the farm a week before they took the animals and found nothing wrong. They were called to the farm about 5 times, and all the complaints were unfounded . The 24 horses and ponies were priceless and most of them were adobted by Marie because the people could`nt care for them and trusted marie . Marie owned her first horse when she was 16 and he was only 3 months old . He lived for 28 yrs. abbess Farm had over 50 acres of hay fields . The best foolic and the horses were in danger and no one including the spca did anything. Marie has been fighting for her farm and her safety against local gov`t for 10 yrs. they did nothing but harass her and her 3 boys. Marie doesn`t think that the town and her father are conspiring against her . She knows they are and will soon prove it. Marie`s father demanded her to sell the farm to Sharon Klaus and her convicted boyfriend Julian Klein who murderd his girlfriend and spent 25 yrs in prison. They threatened Marie and demanded her to sell or they will ruin her life. The proof is in the who cut the fences and put everyone in danger. Whound .Why did the spca leave the pig jimmy without water and the billy goat with green mildew water. the spca told marie if she doesn`t sign over the animals they were going to take her children. The spca saipudding well then where are all the picture of all the animals. why aren`t the authorities going after the armed guards and the attorney and the judge who locked her out and locked the animals from their food and water. why aren`t they giong after the person d they could not find Marie and yet they have her phone #. They lied so many times how can you believe anything they say. These animals were well cared for .The police lied the spca lied and when Marie has her chance to defend herself ,alot of people will lose their job.The spca said they are not connected to any gov`t , but they work for the county, and steve levy and marie `s attorneys worked together the same time the attorney was defending Marie against the county. corruption all the way to steal her land ,. one mother saving a farm from development for the good of humanity. severly neglected you are a lier and it will be proven. neglected 50 acres of grassing fields even if Marie wanted to neglect the animals she could`nt because the farm was filled with food

  • the pony needs his eye removed the SPCA had the pony in their custody for almost 3 months. who is really being cruel to animals now , they took this pony away from someone who took care of him for over 5 yrs. this pony was getting cared for and so was the old horse who started dropping his weight. he was separated from the rest of the horses because he was sick. they came to the farm a week before they took the animals and found nothing wrong. They were called to the farm about 5 times, and all the complaints were unfounded . The 24 horses and ponies were priceless and most of them were adopted by Marie because the people couldn’t care for them and trusted Marie . Marie owned her first horse when she was 16 and he was only 3 months old . He lived for 28 yrs. abbess Farm had over 50 acres of hay fields . The best food for horses . the town of river head police never helped Marie when people tried to hurt her and her children. They cut the fence and SCARED THE HORSES OFF THE PROPERTY AND THE POLICE NEVER INVESTIGATED. the horses were brought to the long Island Expressway and the public and the horses were in danger and no one including the spa did anything. Marie has been fighting for her farm and her safety against local govt for 10 yrs. they did nothing but harass her and her 3 boys. Marie doesn’t think that the town and her father are conspiring against her . She knows they are and will soon prove it. Marie’s father demanded her to sell the farm to Sharon Klaus and her convicted boyfriend Julian Klein who murdered his girlfriend and spent 25 yrs in prison. They threatened Marie and demanded her to sell or they will ruin her life. The proof is in the pudding well then where are all the picture of all the animals. why aren’t the authorities going after the armed guards and the attorney and the judge who locked her out and locked the animals from their food and water. why aren’t they going after the person who cut the fences and put everyone in danger. Where are all the pictures of the other animals , only 1 picture of one sick old horse. proof is in the pudding you idiot show me all the animals ,how or why would Marie only starve one horse .Why did the SPCA leave the farm cats who were found starving on the farm and the duck that was found .Why did the SPCA leave the pig jimmy without water and the billy goat with green mildew water. the SPCA told Marie if she doesn’t sign over the animals they were going to take her children. The SPCA said they could not find Marie and yet they have her phone #. They lied so many times how can you believe anything they say. These animals were well cared for .The police lied the spca lied and when Marie has her chance to defend herself ,a lot of people will lose their job. The SPCA said they are not connected to any govt , but they work for the county, and Steve levy and Marie `s attorneys worked together the same time the attorney was defending Marie against the county. corruption all the way to steal her land ,. one mother saving a farm from development for the good of humanity. severely neglected you are a liar and it will be proven. 50 acres of grazing fields even if Marie wanted to neglect the animals she couldn’t because the farm was filled with food and the farm is still overgrown with hay! SEE for yourselves just drive past the farm on rte 25 next to Splish Splash and you can be the intelligent one.

  • HMMM, you seem to have forgotten about yor own arrest record Mr. Chisholm, incliuding a nice little stink in state prison, also, I was living in the Flanders house that Marie also lives in, and just a month ago she had you arrested. I was right there while the two of you were screeming at each other, when finaly she pressed charges and took you away. So your credibility is a little lacking, those animals were abused, and since I have been around Marie for more than 5 years, I can pretty much say she abuses everyone in her life. I can’t wait to see her law suit since I would think there will be 100’s of us to line up and let any judge know what Marie Tooker is truley like and how dispicable she is.

  • Some of our greatest leaders have been incarcerated including St. Paul, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus himself. I have not forgotten anything Mr. Reno if this is your real name seeing how no John Reno has ever lived at Flanders and only cowards hide their true identity when posting frivolous comments. Stick to the subject if your attention span will allow you to. Marie, regardless of what we have or have not gone through has never abused any creatures including you who are probably one of the disgruntled former tenants that abused alcohol, drugs and failed to pay rent after she extended a roof over your head. Everyone is going through hardship in this economy and of course this reflects into the home life. This should not be used as a forum for you vent your animosity, all Americans are innocent until proven guilty my friend. There are Two things you should be concerned about at present instead of Thomas Chisholm and that is getting your facts rights! as they say when one assumes they makes an ass…., you know the rest and SCREEMING IS NOT SPELLED THIS WAY GENUIS, (TRY IT LIKE THIS, SCREAMING!!!)
    Just to boot, if you were aware for Five years that Marie was abusing animals and people why did you not notify the authorities then model citizen? Maybe your credibility is in question friend!

  • Thomas, I served with Martin Luther King, I knew Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King was a friend of mine. Tommy Boy, you’re no Martin Luther King. You would realize this yourself if you compared both your criminal records, his as a great Civil Rights leader, yours as a two bit drug dealer, notice the difference. And my name is spelled correctly, like I said, I will be the first on line with any action Marie files.

    Also Thomas your attempt to correct my spelling is comical. Those who live in a glass house, should not throw stones, or in your case those who welch off of anyone you can, should not throw stones, for future knowledge Tommy Boy, or shall I say GENUIS, the correct spelling is genius.

  • Thomas STOP sticking up for this disgusting human. Its really appalling. Hi its me, your daughter Michelle. I am so disappointed you still decided to side with this ABUSER. This SCAM ARTIST tore apart any relationship you could of ever of had with me and my sister who you have nothing to do with. Never had anything to do with us. You lost your kids because of this woman and yet you still defend her? Are you kidding me? Ok people listen. This is true what I will say. Nothing fabricated. I have no reason to lie. Anyways, I was 16. Newly pregnant. And guess who decides to come in my life finally.? My father. Thomas. Well the donor. I have a dad. He takes care of me even though im not his kid. Anyways When I finally tell my estranged father Im pregnant with this scammed cross eyed monster at his side, they promised me and my family the world. Ensuring my future child would have a great home to grow up in. Naturally, I was pleased and grateful. Well we moved into this huge house about 2 weeks from my due date. I was so happy my son came home to a great place. Oh forgot to mention who came to the hospital to see his 1 day old grandson drunk. THOMAS. Alright well anyhow Marie googley eye Tooker/Gurerra or whatever name she decides to go by knew the house was in foreclosure. Needless to say we were screwed. Took the money and ran. Like a little girl. She illegally evicted us in 3 days. She is a bad woman. And Thomas, you are just as bad for sitting by her side.. Not with your kids. Now for the animal cruelty issue, I have seen it. There were MAY MANY horses there being horribly taken care of. They never had money. So how could you even feed all those animals? Ive seen them, so skinny. They didn’t have proper homes. The gates were falling apart. Thats why they got in the high way last year. Cause Marie is a stupid selfish disgrace. I was keeping my mouth shut. And since I haven’t heard from you I was hoping you stopped talking to her. Obviously not. Very disappointed. Her name is ruined. Just stop now. She will forever be known as an abuser and a scammer. Your not helping the situation. And you are obviously not very credible with things you say Thomas. Good thing these animals have food in their stomachs and a proper place to sleep at night. Bye

  • Thomas STOP sticking up for this disgusting human. Its really appalling. Hi its me, your daughter Michelle. I am so disappointed you still decided to side with this ABUSER. This SCAM ARTIST tore apart any relationship you could of ever of had with me and my sister who you have nothing to do with. Never had anything to do with us. You lost your kids because of this woman and yet you still defend her? Are you kidding me? Ok people listen. This is true what I will say. Nothing fabricated. I have no reason to lie. Anyways, I was 16. Newly pregnant. And guess who decides to come in my life finally.? My father. Thomas. Well the donor. I have a dad. He takes care of me even though im not his kid. Anyways When I finally tell my estranged father Im pregnant with this scammed cross eyed monster at his side, they promised me and my family the world. Ensuring my future child would have a great home to grow up in. Naturally, I was pleased and grateful. Well we moved into this huge house about 2 weeks from my due date. I was so happy my son came home to a great place. Oh forgot to mention who came to the hospital to see his 1 day old grandson drunk. THOMAS. Alright well anyhow Marie googley eye Tooker/Gurerra or whatever name she decides to go by knew the house was in foreclosure. Needless to say we were screwed. Took the money and ran. Like a little girl. She illegally evicted us in 3 days. She is a bad woman. And Thomas, you are just as bad for sitting by her side.. Not with your kids. Now for the animal cruelty issue, I have seen it. There were MAY MANY horses there being horribly taken care of. They never had money. So how could you even feed all those animals? Ive seen them, so skinny. They didn’t have proper homes. The gates were falling apart. Thats why they got in the high way last year. Cause Marie is a stupid selfish disgrace. I was keeping my mouth shut. And since I haven’t heard from you I was hoping you stopped talking to her. Obviously not. Very disappointed. Her name is ruined. Just stop now. She will forever be known as an abuser and a scammer. Your not helping the situation. And you are obviously not very credible with things you say Thomas. Good thing these animals have food in their stomachs and a proper place to sleep at night. Bye

  • Really broke my heart to see you do this. To MY SON. You know the one who is turning a year old day after Googley eyes court date. Really trusted you. Thanks.

  • slander is a serious crime and your words can be proven to be lies. sorry your mother didn`t raise you right when she took you away from me. you don`t know the first thing about horses, you went to the farm once in the summer when all the animals were over weight , the pictures we took can prove that . stop lying and making a fool of yourself you lived at that home for 10 months free and Marie only evicted you because you all were destroying the house. Marie has a 10 thousand $ judgement on your uncle and has never tried to collect it.you all would have still be living there if you didn`t cause safety issues with electrical wires and shutting saras heat and causing safety code violations. Its interesting to know that sara still lives there who was homeless with 2 children and she wasn`t evicted and she never payed rent for a year. 16 and lying already shame on you. you are still a baby yourself. where is your 28yr old boyfriend . I could still help you but you live with 4 other adults who are doing bad things. i love you and your sister very much. Marie has nothing to do with our relationship , she only reached her hand out to help a family who was living in a horrible environment. see Marie has a track record of saving over a thousand people from homelessness and hunger her name will never be tarnished with GOD he sees the truth and the crap that comes out of your mouth. bye for now when you want me to be their for you again you know where to find me. until then i will put what i have foryou aside until you come to your senses and stop living lies.

  • Im an adult and choose to do whatever I please. Thomas please do not make me out to be a liar. Honestly. That really takes a stab at whatever love I have left for you. My mother raised me just fine. Wont argue over a local website. Goodbye.

  • hope to see you on line with the other thousand people that Marie saved from being homeless. I guess you forgot when you pleaded with marie to help you even though she knew your terrible backround she still gave you a chance, too bad you did`nt do the right thing. How much money do you owe her . How long are you going to rob the tax payers.

  • Im an adult now Thomas. Did you forget?

  • stop lying on public website stop your evil slander and stop going out of your way to hurt people. you never had the chance to love me because your mother took you away . I will always love you .