Carnival workers arrested in Indiana for animal neglect

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Two carnival workers en route from Georgia to Illinois were arrested in Sullivan County Monday for animal neglect following a traffic stop.

Indiana State Police arrested the driver, 21-year-old Steven Toth Jr., of Davie, Florida, along with 43-year-old Joel Baldwin. Both were charged with two counts of neglect of a vertebrate animal (A misdemeanor).

State Police pulled over the Ford pickup that was hauling a homemade enclosed trailer on US 41 near State Road 54 for a routine inspection. The officer found two emaciated miniature horses in the trailer. The horses had no water or food in the trailer, and there was insufficient air flow, police said.

Sullivan County Humane Society was called to the scene and took custody of the animals. They are being treated at the Sullivan County Animal Hospital and remain in custody of the Humane Society.

The state trooper also cited Toth for numerous violations, including no log book, overloaded trailer tires, and no break-away trailer. The driver, vehicle, and trailer were all placed out of service with the pickup truck and trailer impounded.

The carnival workers were employed by Modern Midways Carnival of Miami, Florida. The employees and horses were en-route from Chadsworth, Georgia to Chicago, Illinois.