Neglected Horses Rescued From Queen Anne’s County Farm

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CENTREVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—A major case of animal neglect.  This time it involves more than a dozen horses at a farm on the Eastern Shore.

Derek Valcourt has more on this story.

Animal Control rushed in to rescue the worst of the neglected horses. Sadly, for some of them, it was too late.

Last year, Animal Control officials began keeping a close eye on Canterbury Farm in Centreville, Queen Anne’s County, a facility that specializes in the breeding of Polish Arabian horses.

On the property, Animal Control says it found a herd of 146 horses.  Many of them were in poor condition, malnourished with an inadequate food supply.

Earlier this month, officers confronted the farm owner who reluctantly agreed to voluntarily surrender 13 horses found to be in the poorest of health.

But now veterinarians and horse rescue workers say six of the animals were so severely neglected that they had to be humanely euthanized. The others have been taken to horse rescue farms for rehabilitation.

Officials say they are considering filing criminal charges against the woman who owns the animals while they continue to monitor the condition of the remaining 133 horses kept on the sprawling Canterbury Farm property.

Pictures taken from Sky Eye Chopper 13 reveal that there are still plenty of neglected horses on the property. Animal Control says they are well aware of the situation and are keeping a close eye it.

Days End Farm Horse Rescue has been treating some of the rescued horses.  They’re asking for donations to help care for the animals.  Click here to make a donation.

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