Horse in middle of ownership dispute removed from Lyndeborough farm; volunteer considered operation a ‘rescue’
Friday, December 20, 2013
By KATHY CLEVELAND
LYNDEBOROUGH - Officers from the country sheriffs’ department helped remove a horse from a farm in Lyndeborough on Thursday, Dec. 19, in what the police chief described as a dispute over the horse’s ownership.
Sheriffs in three cars and a truck showed up at Feel Good Farm, owned by Laurent and Sharon Boisvert, around 1 p.m. to help the town’s animal control officer and her volunteer helpers enter the property and remove the horse.
Then the animal officer Sherri Finch and volunteer Sherry Whitmore walked the horse two miles down Center Road to the property of the animal’s owner.
Lyndeborough Police Chief Rance Deware said in a phone interview Friday, Dec. 20, that the removal of the horse was the result of “a civil disagreement between two parties” over ownership of the animal. The Hillsborough County sheriff’s department executed a judge’s orders to take the horse from 52 Johnson Corner Road to 904 Center Road, he said, and there will probably be a civil hearing within 30 days.
Whitmore, however, said she considered the operation a rescue of the horse and said she was happy to bring the animal to its home.
There were at least five other horses on the Boisverts’ property, she said, and “the skinniest llama I ever saw.”
Another volunteer searched the barn, she said, and found no hay or feed buckets, “not a flake of hay anywhere.”
The whole operation took a couple hours, Whitmore said, because the Boisverts didn’t answer their phone when the sheriff called, so the sheriffs contacted the judge again for permission to open the gate and enter the property.
“As we were going down the driveway,” Whitmore said, “Larry and his wife drove by in their car and said, ‘We’re going to get our horse back.’”
Whitmore and Finch, the town’s animal control officer, walked the horse down Center Road, with another volunteer driving a truck behind them to protect them from traffic.
Finch said later that she was there “to get the horse ready and walk it home,” because the sheriffs didn’t want to handle the animal.
The Boisverts have often been in the news over the years.
In 2002, Laurent Boisvert was fined $10,000 by the state Department of Environmental Services for operating a lagoon of human waste as a result of his porta-privy business.
The Boisverts also fought with the town and their neighbors in court for several years in the mid-2000s over their plans to turn the 500-acre property into an ATV park. The case went all the way to the state Supreme Court, which sided with the town, saying the farm had to adhere to the procedures outlined in the town’s planning ordinances.
The Boisverts could not be reached for comment. Their number in the phone book is out of service and no one answered the Feel Good Farm business number.