MANATEE A Myakka City rancher has been cleared of accusations he harbored two sick ponies on his property.
A Manatee County Sheriffs Office deputy responded to the ranch of Jack Cincotta after someone called in a complaint he had two ponies in poor health.
When the deputy arrived Aug. 23 at the ranch in the 34000 block of State Road 70 E., he discovered one horse in question was actually a 25-year-old gelding with cancer and has been under the care of Dr. John Copeland of Sarasota, according to a sheriffs office report.
Cincotta reportedly is having a hard time with the decision to put the pony down, But Cincotta told the deputy he would put the horse down in the next week.
The deputy also discovered a pregnant mare, which explains its large belly, according to the report.
Cincotta, who has 17 ponies on the property and uses them for children's birthday parties, told the deputy each horse is fed twice daily plus all the grass they want to eat.
Water troughs were clean and full, the report stated. Cincotta said the horses are wormed twice a year.
All animals were in good condition, the deputy reported.