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…AND the horse you rode in on!

For those who may not know, there’s an area of Route 9 on Loudon Road that’s garnered an unattractive reputation, to say the least. Various motels house wayward souls, pervs on the run, drug dealers, and basically the lowest forms of life you can imagine. These aren’t your Daddy’s charming “boxcar hobo” transients, kids.

Well, it seems like we’ve hit a new low.

Horses, residents must leave Colonie motel

Yes. Horses.

I know what you’re thinking. “Gee, that headline sort of implies that the horses were asked to leave.” And in my mind – one that only envisions scenarios that pleases it – that’s exactly what happened. Not only were the people asked to leave, but also THE HORSES.

Sheriff: “Well shucks, I sure do hate to do this to y’all, but…dang, these is just unsafe san’tary cone-ditions! Ya got a roof here, a roofie there, a dead hooker, a cat, a caving ceiling…sorry, but y’all best get up on outta here.
*horse stomps three times*
Sheriff: “Yes, even you, Takes the Cake.”
PS- in my mind, all Sheriffs talk like Roscoe P. Coltrane.
PPS – also in my mind, all horses are named like race horses.

Of course, the conditions these horses were subjected to was no laughing matter.

Supervisor Paula Mahan said the animals were so thin their ribs showed. Murray said they were living in pens with three to four feet of feces. Two dogs and a cat also were seized, Murray said.

Heider said police and the SPCA have been investigating since February.

Horses with eating disorders and pedophiles, all living under one roof. Makes sense.

Wait, what was that last sentence? Since February? C’mon, it didn’t really take them four months to build a case against a motel that was literally falling apart and housing sex offenders and HORSES, right?


Among those forced from their homes was Robert Palmer, 49, a registered sex offender, who said society makes people like him live in filth because it won’t tolerate them elsewhere.

“Just because I’ve got a sex offense on me doesn’t mean I’m not a human being,” said Palmer, who said he pays $160 a week in rent and has lived at Karl’s for about a month. He said he tried to improve his apartment by painting it and volunteered to muck out the horses’ pens.

Because seriously, what kind of world do we live in where you can’t cut a break after making a simple, honest mistake like molesting a five-year-old (Sex Offender Registry)?

I don’t know what’s weirder: that this dude admits he committed the crime to a reporter after giving his name and asks for sympathy, that he’s willing to shell out $640 a month to live in unbearable conditions with horses, or that he wanted to “muck out” their “pens.”

If that isn’t enough outrage for you, this particular sex offender also commits the unforgivable crime of ruining the name of a great, great man.

And of course, it wouldn’t be the Capital District if local politicians didn’t chime in with a snarky comment.

`I’m glad to see that at least something is breaking,” said Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict, a Republican who represents Colonie and has long sought sanctions against the Central Avenue motels in her district. “Is this going to be a domino effect, or are they just going to focus on motels that have horses?”

Now that’s funny.

Thanks to Sam for demanding I blog about this article, thus preventing me from getting to bed at a more reasonable hour.


More later…

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  1. June 17, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Addicted to love??!!


    Speaking of sex offenders, this was the theatre teacher at my old high school.

    Edit: Damn it, I can’t link directly to his profile. You’re gonna have to search for “Brian Clancy.”

    • June 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm

      Re: Addicted to love??!!


      And no, the REAL Robert Palmer loves children in a purely innocent manner.

  2. June 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm


    Anyway…here’s this to brighten your day.


    It’s from overheard in NY. Actual conversation. Joy.

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