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|Defense(s):||Paul Gianelli, Martin I. Efman|
|Judge(s):||William Condon, James Hudson|
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Friday, Jul 10, 2009County: Suffolk
Charges: Felony CTA
Person of Interest: Mona Kanciper
Case Updates: 4 update(s) available
A Manorville woman faces animal cruelty charges after she was arrested by Suffolk County SPCA officers for allegedly euthanizing horses and dogs without a proper veterinary license.
Mona Kanciper, 38, who operates a New York Horse Rescue in Manorville, surrendered herself to SPCA officers on Aug. 8, said Roy Gross, chief of Suffolk County SPCA. He said that a search warrant at Kanciper's home and office uncovered the remains of horses, euthanasia drugs and syringes.
Kanciper was charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty, and is also charged for allegedly choking a dog to death after performing one of the euthanizations incorrectly.
She was additionally charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly performing the euthanizations in front of two minors. She was arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.
|An animal rescuer was sentenced to three years probation today for killing a dog in front of a child.|
Mona Kanciper, of Manorville, was sentenced this morning for improperly euthanizing three dogs. One of them was in front of a 10-year-old girl.
Kanciper runs New York Horse Rescue.
Kanciper is not allowed to have a dog during her probation.
|Source: news12.com - Jan 24, 2012|
Update posted on May 10, 2012 - 10:40AM
|A Manorville woman was convicted Thursday of child endangerment for allowing a 10-year-old girl to witness a dog being euthanized on a farm two years ago.|
Suffolk County Court Judge James Hudson acquitted the 49-year-old woman of animal cruelty charges in the same case after a two-week trial.
Hudson said Mona Kanciper was justified in euthanizing the dog in question, and two others in 2009.
However, he said starting the euthanasia process in front of the girl was "egregious."
Separately, he also ruled there was insufficient evidence Kanciper knew that a horse was being put down, when she sent the girl to an area where it was happening.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrested Kanciper last August.
Kanciper faces up to one year in jail when she is sentenced Dec. 13 on the endangerment charge.
|Source: longislandpress.com - Oct 13, 2011|
Update posted on Oct 13, 2011 - 4:02PM
|A Manorville horse farm owner who faces animal cruelty charges filed a $25 million lawsuit against Suffolk's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and others, claiming the case they brought was rife with "fraud and misrepresentations" that resulted in "intentional infliction of emotional distress."|
Mona Kanciper's lawsuit names Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross as a defendant as well as Suffolk SPCA employees and others who she said made false statements about New York Horse Rescue and Butler Farm. The farm is located in Manorville and was run by Kanciper and her husband, Judson Butler, who died in 2009 before the charges were filed.
The agency began its yearlong investigation of the farm on allegations of cruelty to horses, but no such charges were filed. Instead, Kanciper is charged with animal cruelty for euthanizing three dogs improperly and without a veterinarian's license.
She was arrested in August 2010 and prosecutors also charged her with endangering the welfare of children by destroying at least one animal in the presence of two minors. Kanciper denied the criminal charges and says the probe was a "witch hunt."
Gross declined to comment on the matter Monday.
"Plaintiffs' property and businesses have been damaged, plaintiffs' reputation and livelihood have been irreparably harmed, Ms. Kanciper has been forced to defend herself in a baseless criminal action, and has been subject to, among other things, shame, aversion and ridicule," court papers say.
Suffolk authorities said Kanciper choked one dog to death when euthanasia drugs failed, and that she killed two others with the drugs despite not having a license to do so.
During the Suffolk SPCA's investigation, though, Butler, a veterinarian, told an officer that he had authorized the euthanasia, the lawsuit said. It added that the legal battles have virtually shut down a firm once known as a respected home for horses rescued from slaughter and made available for adoption. The criminal case is due in court Sept. 22.
|Source: newsday.com - Sep 12, 2011|
Update posted on Sep 12, 2011 - 10:04PM
|The head of a Manorville horse rescue operation illegally euthanized three dogs at the farm, killing at least one in the presence of two children, Suffolk authorities said Thursday.|
Mona Kanciper, 48, choked one dog to death when she was unable to kill the animal with euthanasia drugs, said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Kanciper pleaded not guilty to three counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment at her arraignment Wednesday before County Court Judge William Condon in Suffolk County Court. She was released without bail and is due back in court Sept. 30.
Kanciper is president of New York Horse Rescue, at 15 South St., in Manorville, according to the organization's website.
Her attorney, Paul Gianelli of Central Islip, said Kanciper was "disappointed" to learn she had been indicted by a Suffolk grand jury.
"She and I will vigorously investigate these untrue allegations," Gianelli told Newsday Thursday. "She's innocent, and she's spent the better part of her adult life dedicated to the care and safety of horses and other animals. We're confident that she will be completely vindicated when the facts come out." He declined further comment.
Kanciper killed three dogs - family pets named Dude, Greta and Cooper - before SPCA officials began investigating the farm last December, Gross said. Two minors - not Kanciper's children - were present when at least one of the dogs was killed, he said. The other two dogs were allegedly killed by Kanciper using euthanasia drugs. It is illegal to administer the drugs without a license, which Kanciper did not have, Gross said.
The SPCA began its investigation after receiving complaints from witnesses, he said.
Gross said a search of Kanciper's home uncovered the euthanasia drugs and syringes.
The New York Horse Rescue website says the farm rehabilitates thoroughbred race horses. It was founded by Kanciper's late husband, Dr. Judson L. Butler, the website says.
Butler died Dec. 6, 2009, after he suffered a fractured cervical vertebrae when he was injured by a loose horse while working as a veterinarian at Belmont Park racetrack, the website says.
|Source: newsday.com - Aug 26, 2010|
Update posted on Jan 16, 2011 - 9:46AM
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