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Owners of 32 horses in East Hampton charged with animal cruelty

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Thomas Olajos, 36, and his wife 37-year-old Melanie Olajos, were arrested on Friday, according to police. (Dept. of Agriculture) Thomas Olajos, 36, and his wife 37-year-old Melanie Olajos, were arrested on Friday, according to police. (Dept. of Agriculture)
(CT Dept. of Agriculture photo) (CT Dept. of Agriculture photo)
EAST HAMPTON, CT (WFSB) -

The owners of 32 horses and a number of other animals in East Hampton were arrested after a lengthy investigation into animal cruelty.

Thomas Olajos, 36, and his wife 37-year-old Melanie Olajos, were arrested on Friday, according to police.

Animal control officers from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture have been investigating the couple's Fairy Tail Equine breeder. Police said the couple failed to provide proper food, water and veterinary care to their animals despite state officials' allowance to let them voluntarily improve conditions.

Both were charged with 35 counts of cruelty to animals. Thirty-two were for each of the horses and four were from the mistreatment of two dogs, 19 rabbits and 78 chickens.

"There’s no explanation. No excuse," said Mike Sentell of East Hampton.

The animals were seized from the property on Feb 2.

A warrant stated that the horses were neglected and underweight. Some of their hooves and teeth were in poor condition.

The dogs, Great Danes, were said to have been emaciated with lack of muscle. Bones like their ribs and vertebrae could be seen. They also had live fleas.

The chickens were malnourished and housed with little or no water. The rabbits were in good health, but officials said their cages were dirty.

The horses are being cared for at the department's animal rehabilitation facility in Niantic. The other animals are at various shelters around the state.

The department said it will seek to obtain formal custody of the animals at a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Hartford.

The suspects were released on $10,000 bonds and given a court date of March 15 in Middletown.

Thomas Olajos was also arrested by state police for writing a bad check to a farm in Woodbury.

"They should face whatever the justice system would allow for that and they should be banned from ever having any animals," said Chris Miller of Colchester.

Anyone wishing to donate to the care of the animals can do so at the Connecticut Grown Store here.

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