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September 4, 2013

Cautious optimism for burned horse Northstar's recovery


MEADVILLE — You can help

A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for injuries to Northstar. The Crawford County Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States are offering the reward.

People with information about the injuries to Northstar are asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police at Corry at (814) 663-2043 or (800) 922-1975.

Northstar Equine Foundation Inc.

Following the injuries to Northstar, the Northstar Equine Foundation was formed to provide assistance to critically abused, neglected and/or injured animals and to become a catalyst to strengthen the animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania. The volunteer-run organization has applied for tax-exempt status in spring 2013. The Foundation is registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations under certificate No. 42162.

- Donations may be sent to: Northstar Equine Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 3918, Erie, Pa. 16508.

- More information: Contact Jayne May, president/founder of the Northstar Equine Foundation, at (814) 868-7963; or by email at

- More information online: Visit or

Learn more

Visit and search “Northstar” for more information on the surgery.

Sidebar Other Animal Cruelty Cases

There have been several cases of animal cruelty in eastern Crawford County within the last 12 months in addition to the Northstar case.

However, Trooper Curtis Guntrum of the Pennsylvania State Police at Corry said none of the cases apparently are related to each other.

- William E. Daly III, 22, of 125 E. Main St., Titusville, was sentenced in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on April 19 to serve four to 12 months in county jail plus 12 months probation after pleading guilty to one count of animal cruelty. Daly admitted to leaving a dog alone in a Troy Township home on Crowther Road in August 2012 without food or water for one and one-half months, killing the animal.

- A horse and a goat at the Tim Schlabach farm on Route 285 in Fairfield Township were doused with bright fluorescent paint overnight Sept. 9, 2012. No arrests have been in the case.

- A female sheep was shot and killed at a Troy Township farm along Mosgrove Road between 8 p.m. May 18 and 9:30 a.m. May 20 this year, according to state police. The sheep’s owner estimated the ewe’s value at about $1,000 since it was used to produce lambs for market.

- Eric T. St. John, 20, of 40984 Recks Road, Centerville, is scheduled to go to trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on one count of animal cruelty for allegedly shooting and wounding his neighbor’s Labrador retriever.

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