Horse rescued from Calverton farm now ‘spry and alert’

DIANNE BOOTH COURTESY PHOTO | Chester a Hillcrest Stables in Calverton.

Four months ago, Chester, a horse rescued from Abess Farm in Calverton, was so emaciated his ribs were visible and his hair was falling out in clumps, officials said.

But today, Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials announced he is “spry and alert.”

The Suffolk SPCA also released a photo of the horse that shows a muscular animal with a beautiful, thick coat and a healthy mane.

He has been cared for at Hillcrest Stables on Middle Road in Calverton since his resuce.

“They literally nursed him back to health,” said Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross.

Chester and 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 were found underfed and neglected on the Roue 25 farm in April, officials said.

Authorities were granted access to the property by a law firm overseeing foreclosure proceedings there and charges were later filed against that farm’s owner, Marie Tooker, authorities said.

“I don’t ever remember seeing a horse in such poor condition; this is not your standard backyard cruelty case.” Chief Gross told the News-Review when Chester was rescued.

Chester’s story has been chronicled on a Facebook page, Chester Gets A Second Chance.

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VERA CHINESE PHOTO | Chester, shortly after his rescue in April.