Carnival Workers Arrested for Miniature Horse Neglect

Posted at 6:34 PM, May 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-19 18:34:24-04
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Photo: Indiana State Police

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Indiana (May 19, 2014) – Two carnival workers are facing animal neglect charges after a traffic stop this afternoon just south of Terre Haute, Indiana.

An Indiana State Trooper stopped a Ford pickup truck hauling a homemade enclosed trailer along U.S. 41 near State Road 54 in Sullivan County for a routine inspection of the truck, trailer and cargo.

In the trailer the Trooper found two miniature horses, one male and one female.  Both animals appeared emaciated and in poor health.  There wasn’t food or water in the trailer, which also had insufficient air flow for the animals.

Humane Society workers were called to the scene and took custody of the horses, which were taken to the Sullivan County Animal Hospital for care.

Both the driver and the passenger in the truck were arrested on two counts of animal neglect:

  • 21-year-old Steven Toth Jr. of Davie, Florida
  • 43-year-old Joel Baldwin
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Photo: Indiana State Police

Several traffic citations were issued, including not having a log book and overloaded trailer tires.  Both men are carnival workers and were employed by Modern Midways Carnival out of Miami, Florida.  The men were making their way from Chadsworth, Georgia to Chicago, Illinois.

Both men were lodged at the Sullivan County Jail on the animal neglect charges and the vehicle and trailer were impounded.