Two carnival workers arrested for animal neglect

horse arrest

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Two carnival workers are behind bars in Sullivan County after a routine Department of Transportation traffic stop.

On Monday afternoon, Indiana State Police pulled over a white 1995 Ford pickup truck pulling a homemade enclosed trailer on US 41.

Police say the stop was for a random DOT inspection of the driver, truck, trailer and cargo.

During the inspection, police found two miniature horses inside the trailer.

The animals appeared emaciated and in poor health, in addition to no water, food or sufficient air flow.

The Sullivan County Humane Society took the horses to the Sullivan County Animal Hospital for treatment.

Police arrested driver Steven Toth Jr., 21, from Davine, Florida and passenger, 43-year-old Joel Baldwin.

Both men were charged with two counts of Neglect of a Vertebrae Animal, and are being held in the Sullivan County Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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