December 10, 1998
Equine Placement Network, Inc.
Cortlandville, NY - Arlow Kiehl was found not guilty in a jury trial on December 9, 1998 of having protrusions hazardous to horses inside his double deck cattle trailer. The jury was shown photographs of a horse with head injuries, but did not believe the the 3" to 4" beams that protrude below the ceiling, that has a height of less than 6,' to be hazardous to horses. The average horse stands 15 hands (60" or 5 ') at the withers. A horses normal head carriage is above their withers. Commercial horse trailers of this same size have only one tier, and start at a minimum height of 7', with most being 8' tall with no beams protruding below the ceiling.New York State Police Troopers Marc E. Hickey and Kenneth A. Laman, assisted by Trooper Richard Cecce, arrested Arlow Kiehl, Watertown, NY on Monday, August 24, 1998 on I-81 North at 11:45 PM in the Town of Cortlandville. Mr Kiehl was charged with 16 counts of transporting horses illegally in violation of New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, Section 359-a. The 16 horses on Mr Kiehl's double deck trailer were being shipped from the horse auction in New Holland, PA to a Canadian slaughterhouse for human consumption overseas. New York State Trooper Michael J. Connelly arrested a driver for Arlow Kiehl, Carlton H. Simmons, in the Town of Kirkwood, NY for transporting horses illegally in violation of New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, Section 359-a on Monday, December 7, 1998, just two days before the above mentioned trial date. Mr Simmons had 17 horses and unknown number of hogs on the double deck trailer, with the hogs being transported on the top tier of the double deck trailer. He was charged with transporting horses in a double deck trailer and for not having anti skid material on the floor to prevent the horses from slipping. The horses were being shipped from a New Holland, PA auction barn to a Canadian slaughterhouse for human consumption overseas. According to a news story published June 25, 1998 by the Williamsport Sun Gazette,
" Kiehl uses a double deck trailer and said he will continue to do so, despite the fact that he has been arrested several times recently in New York State, hauling horses from the New Holland (PA) and Middleburg (PA) auctions."
Mr Kiehl pled guilty in Preble, NY Town Court on June 23, 1998 to 26 counts of illegally transporting horses in violation of New York Agriculture and Markets Law, Section 359 a and was fined $2000.00. Mr. Kiehl also pled guilty to 17 counts of the illegal transport of horses on June 9, 1998 in Barker, N.Y. Town Court and paid a $500 fine.