Questions Remain as Dept. of Agriculture Moves to Close Investigation of Death – CT Examiner

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The Connecticut Division of Agriculture has made a preliminary choice that cruelty Did not play A process Inside the demise of a Lyme current horse at a Marlborough barn earlier this month, However the proprietor of the horse has questioned the thoroughness of the investigation, saying that she nonetheless has not been tprevious The state of affairs of the physique.

“I’ve not been In a place to discovering any proof of cruelty Inside the matter,” Tanya Wescovich, the state animal administration officer, wrote Dana Ramesy Maxwell, proprietor of the 7-yr-previous horse, Beatrix, in an e-mail this week. “Each the state’s veterinarian and Dr. Sears really feels [sic] that from the account of the incident that Beatrix died from an aneurysm and And by no means using a necropsy There’s not a proof to disprove that. I am very sorry In your loss.”

It stays unclear what, if any, examination was carried out on the physique of the horse. Beatrix, was a registered Hanoverian and a champion hunter-jumper beneath the identify “By All Means.”

Makes an try on Friday To Obtain Dr. Jane Lewis, State Veterinarian On the Division of Agriculture, and Dr. Scott Sears, who was referred to as by the barn’s proprietor the day of incident, on Sept. 3,  have been unsuccessful.   

A spokesperson for the department declined further remark, citing The continued investigation. The barn’s proprietor has not responded to a quantity of requests for remark by CT Examiner. 

Maxwell filed a grievance with the Division of Agriculture on Sept. 13, after contacting state police and after a quantity of failed trys by her lawyer to study the place Beatrix was buried.

Maxwell said she has Many questions on The tactic of the investigation, amongst them that Wescovich by no means formally interviewed her.

Wescovich, who tprevious Maxwell this week that she was nonetheless ending up her investigation, has not educated Maxwell of The state of affairs of the physique, and indicated that she has not examined the physique In the midst of the investigation.

“As we talked about, I used to Be tprevious of the place the physique was buried and would view the physique Provided that want be,” Wescovich wrote to Maxwell in an e-mail this week.

Maxwell tprevious Wescovich this week that if the State Wouldn’t exhume and carry out a necropsy on Beatrix, she Need to be allowed to So as To confirm the physique’s id and probably reveal proof of The rationale for demise.

Maxwell said the State might constructively decide the physique by scanning for a microchip she said was implanted in Beatrix, However It is unclear if that has been carried out.  

Wescovich furtherly tprevious Maxwell that she had not checked to see whether or not the barn had surveillance video of the incident, till Maxwell requested about it this week.

Maxwell said she has been tprevious by a former boarder On the barn thOn The power has a quantity of surveillance cameras.

“As quickly as I used to be On the barn, I didn’t observe any cameras,” Wescovich replied to Maxwell by e-mail, however said that she deliberate to return to the barn this week To confirm that.

“Sadly,” Wescovich tprevious Maxwell, “there is The probability with the delayed reporting of the demise, that any footage Could Even be gone.”


Maxwell criticized the investigation and communication by the Division as disorganized and unserious. 

“I’m simply bewildered thOn the tone of the investigation seems so informal,” she said.  “I really feel like there’s Tons they’re not taking critically.”

Maxwell found of the demise on Sept. 3 from a Haddam woman who was leasing Beatrix and boarding the horse On the Marlborough barn.

She tprevious Maxwell thOn the barn had notified her Beatrix had died of a suspected aneurysm that morning after shaking and rearing up the placeas being led to a barn from An outdoors paddock, the place she had spent the Evening time.

Based mostly on Maxwell, the barn proprietor gave her primarily The identical account As quickly as they spoke later The identical day by telephone, But in addition talked about thOn there was vital bleeding from the horse’s nostril and ears.  

Based mostly on Maxwell the transporter she employed to take away Beatrix from the barn property tprevious her thOn the physique was coated in blood, terribly bloated, in apparent superior rigor mortis, and appeared to have met a violent demise.

The transporter has subsequently refused To current Maxwell with The state of affairs of the physique, and Wescovich has tprevious Maxwell thOn the transporter denies telling Maxwell that she suspected violence. 

On Sept. 4, the transporter textual content materialed Maxwell a photographgraph of a horse strapped to a picket pallet with its head tied to its tail by A sequence Throughout the neck, beneath a tarp on a trailer being pulled by a car. That photographgraph has been reviewed by CT Examiner.

“Right here’s picture,” reads the textual content material. “Like I said You will Have The power to’t see a lot as a Outcome of she’s coated. What I noticed was A very bloated horse with legs sticking straight out. There was blood Coming out her ears.” 

Maxwell currentd the photograph and accompanying textual content material to Wescovich.

Maxwell said the tarp over the physique makes it unclear whether or not the horse on the trailer Is definitely Beatrix. The distinctive white stripe, or blaze, on the entrance of the horse’s head Isn’t completely seen Inside the photograph.

“It Could be Beatrix, however I truthfully am not One hundred Laptop Pc constructive,” Maxwell said. “There Isn’factor I can decide her with Inside the photograph however an obscured blaze That Does not match her blaze.”

Maxwell furtherly questions why Beatrix’s head was tied to her tail Inside the photographgraph, A method she said Is usually used to take away a physique from a small space Similar to a stall, Versus in an open space the place the barn said the horse died.

Still, Maxwell maintains hope thOn the investigation’s final report will reply her questions.

“I do know one factor occurred to that horse,” she said, “And that i’m hopeful that finally The fact will come out.”

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