A LaGrange man has been arrested on four charges of cruelty to animals and charges of failure to properly dispose of a dead animal after authorities discovered horses on his property that were allegedly starved.
David I. Schmucker, 40, 3940 W. U.S. 20, was arrested by the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department Thursday.
According to the charging affidavit filed in LaGrange Superior Court Jan. 17, a veterinarian representing the Indiana State Board of Health found on Dec. 31 on Schmucker’s property a dead horse and several others that were suffering from starvation. He notified Schmucker to properly dispose of the horse in the state-required 24-hour period.
Police contend Schmucker was aware of the state requirement because he was convicted in 2007 on a charge of failure to dispose of a dead horse.
The affidavit said a neighbor notified the veterinarian on Jan. 3 that the dead horse had been removed.
On Jan. 8, according to the affidavit, the veterinarian found another dead horse on the property. On Jan. 10 the veterinarian returned and found that two horses and two ponies were underweight and suffering from starvation. Also, no water or feed was found for the animals and they were eating snow for hydration, according to the affidavit.
Sheriff Tom Martin obtained a court order for removal of the horses and seized them Jan. 16, according to Deputy Tyler Randol, who filed the affidavit.
ATV driver injured in crash
Police say a northern Indiana man suffered a broken neck when the all-terrain vehicle he was plowing snow with was struck by another vehicle.
Police say 59-year-old Herman Baldwin was wearing ear plugs and a heavy hat over his ears while driving the ATV in a rural area Sunday near Etna Green.
Indiana Conservation Officer Jerry Hoerdt says an oncoming driver saw the ATV pull into the road but wasn’t able to stop because of the slick roadway. The vehicle caught the ATV’s snowplow, spinning it around and ejecting Baldwin.