Prosecution’s appeal off the table in animal cruelty case

The Farmington woman who had an animal cruelty charge against her thrown out during her February trial will not be retried.

The timing of Farmington Judge Morris Lew’s decision to dismiss the charge against Terra Payne — accused of mistreating a retired racehorse — prevents the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office from appealing the judgement.

Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Heather Hines had been exploring the possibility of appealing Lew’s decision, but has established that prosecuting Payne a second time would subject the Farmington farm owner to double jeopardy.

Payne, one of the the owners of the Route 41 farm, faced a potential jail sentence for the allegations that she failed to provide proper sustenance to Dancing Timber, a retired racehorse that was eventually euthanized.

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  • Tina turner

    Do you know that farmers across the nation are using horse testicles in the fermentation process of local beer making? This news cums from the local brewing company “big curve beer” that has local economic impact to the area. They state they do not use horse testies but use a variety of deer, lamb, gofer and wildabeast testicles for a “punch” or taste of the beer.
    Local correspondent Tina states, “we have been taking the testicles and mushing them to get the exact taste we want. It’s a long process and even longer when one eildaveast has one testicle.”
    Tina states they will continue to process beer in the area even if they are short on nuts.