Allegations of animal abuse in East Hampton spread through social media.
Now, the owner of Fairy Tale Equine spoke out about the claims after inspectors from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture visited her place on Thursday.
DOA officials said they got a complaint that a horse in their care was malnourished. However, the center's owner refutes the accusation that remains under investigation.
Photos of malnourished-looking horses were plastered on Facebook since Wednesday. The author claims the lack of care took place at Fairy Tale Equine, which is located at the end of the private drive off Daniel’s Road.
Eyewitness News visited the property shortly after inspectors from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture checked out the farm as part of their investigation into alleged abuse.
"A lot of times things get posted on Social Media and we have to be careful,” CT Agriculture Dept. Chief Animal Control Officer Ray Connors said. “We have to validate where those photo's come from and that's all part of this investigation."
The alleged claim is a horse name Romeo was malnourished when its owner in Tennessee got him back.
According to town records, Thomas Olajos and Melanie Olajos bought the property about five years ago.
Thomas Olajos confirmed to Eyewitness News he owns the center and set up it as an LLC. He said they've never had a complaint before.
"By law before a horse is transported over State lines a Licensed State Vet must check the animal and approve it is healthy for travel,” Thomas Olajos said. “This was done eight days before Romeo was trailered back to Tennessee by another party. The horse was in transit for five days in near 100 degree temperatures. Don't know if there was enough water and food."
Thomas Olajos said he doesn't know the source of the photo that was posted on-line or who is behind the claim. That’s what investigators are trying to get to the bottom of.
"Our department depending on the investigation, if there is a monitoring situation there the department will continue to monitor the situation,” Connor said. “We'll make sure any animals on that property are getting the proper care that they need."
Thomas Olajos said he has no idea why someone would do this to the animal.
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