Motion To Return Neglected Horses To Owner Denied

CENTREVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—It was the largest horse seizure in Maryland history. Nearly 150 neglected and emaciated horses were seized from a farm near Centreville in Queen Anne’s County. 

Derek Valcourt explains the horse owner was in court trying to get her horses back.

The owner of Canterbury Farms tried to argue in court that her horses were unfairly taken from her and that she should get them back.  But a judge wasn’t having it.

There was no comment from Marcia Parkinson as she walked out of the Queen Anne’s County court defeated.

WJZ was there in late April when Animal Control officers and a team of horse rescuers raided Canterbury Farms in Centreville, where Parkinson was breeding Polish Arabian horses.

In all, 146 animals in poor physical health–at least six of them so bad they had to be immediately euthanized.

“All the animals needed hoof work,” said Dave MacGlashen, Queen Anne’s County Animal Control. “They needed dental care. They were severely malnourished, most of them.”

MacGlashen runs Animal Control, which originally made a deal to allow Parkinson 30 days to get her horses in better condition. She argued in court that Animal Control reneged on that deal after only two weeks.

“It comes back to the welfare of the horses, and when we saw that not happening we couldn’t afford to wait the additional two weeks and take the chance of maybe additional damages happening,” MacGlashen said.

Days End Horse Rescue Farm in Howard County is working with the Humane Society of the United States and several foster farms to help rehabilitate all of the confiscated horses.

“Every horse is making progress,” said Brooke Vrany, Days End Horse Rescue. “Certainly, some horses we have grave concerns for because they were in worse condition. The ones that were admitted into intensive care are doing well. Their conditions improving but still guarded.”

Parkinson may still face criminal charges of animal neglect.

Days End Horse Rescue Farm is still seeking financial help to care for the horses.  For more information on how you can help, click here.

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  • williejoe

    Would make a great sequel to the movie: “They shoot horses don’t they”?

  • Bullfrog

    What a happy ending to a horror story for these horses, these beautiful horses were saved . For every abusive animal owner there are at least a dozen decent animal lovers. Thank God for the true animal lovers who feed, water, and love animals without question. These people also care enough to take their animals for medical treatment when required. Two good things came out of this, the first good thing that came out of this is the horses were saved, the second is that this woman has been outed, now anyone and everyone who reads the Baltimore Sun Paper will know about her and the cruel way that she treated her animals.

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  • Leigh Ann Erdman

    …and Joe how would you expect a non-profit organization to take care of the medical needs of some of these horses whose bills are exceeding the $thousands$? They are also evidence of a crime and its either the non-profit or the taxpayer who takes care of them.

  • Marguerite

    Glad to hear the Judge agreed with the animal experts and was willing to take a stand. You hear so many stories about local officials passing the buck or releasing the abused animals back to the owners. This sends a message to others you must be a responsible owner or don’t have animals.

  • Marie Haughey

    That wretched woman should never be allowed to own an animal ever again.

  • Lea

    Hey guys, Days End Farm is not the only rescue who has these horses. Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue has 10 of these mares and they need help also.

  • Blarneysmom

    She’s got some nerve. I hope they throw the book at her

  • EMTLady

    Hey guys the Days End Farm seems to be the only one that is getting recognized but remember there are other several farms that are fostering horses. The SummerWinds Horse Rescue and Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue. Please keep them in mind if you want to help.

    • Lea

      I think it is because they have the majority of them. I really do wish though that the people reporting on this case would do more research into where ALL of the horses went. To say that Days End has ALL of them just isn’t true. I have nothing against Days End, they are wonderful, but if these other rescues aren’t mentioned at all then no one knows that they need the help too. Thanks for your comment! Im glad someone else mentioned this other than me.

  • Kathryn

    It is my understanding that Days End Farm Horse Rescue was responsible for finding caring and responsible private farms, and other rescues, i.e., SummerWinds Horse Rescue and Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue for these horses as Days End Farm was under a quarantine. In addition, Days End Farm did not have room for all these horses. I think, based on all the reports/articles I’ve read and listened to, Days End Farm Horse Rescue is responsible for coordinating the rehabilitation of these horses and reimbursing these private farm owners and rescues that are caring for and rehabilitating them. Most importantly, this started out as a coordinated effort with all rescues mentioned above to include the US Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and QAC Humane Society and the Centreville Police Department. However it works out as to whoever is responsible for what–with so many special people donating their time, supplies, and finances, I feel confident it will work out. May God bless all of the caring and loving persons involved in this rescue of these beautiful horses that are now saved eventually for a caring, forever home..

    • Tara

      Acually I am a volunteer for both and may I say DEFHR is not responsible for all 150 horses. The Humane Society talks to many rescues and asks them if they have room and are willing to take the horses. Days End was only able to take 10 because of the limited space and quarentine. Gentle Giants took 20 because they had enough space. Other rescues and stables volunteered to take some arabs and rehabilitate them. Days End and Gentle Giants took the worst ones. So no DEFHR is NOT responsible for all 150 Arbians.

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  • sandie cafritz

    Thank yoy to all who have taken these beautiful….but neglected horses into their loving care. I would like to be kept informed of how they are doing.

  • Tank Foley

    So if I own property that a board member of Days End want this is what I can expect???? Days End does not have the money to care for these animals but somehow that is ok?

  • Samantha

    Days End Farm Horse Rescue has Fundraisers all year long, highlighted throughout the year, and CONSTANT donations. (This is how 501C3 non-profits work) Volunteers are the HEART of this organization and is how many this get done here. Things like this are extremly well organized and DEFHR is always prepared. So yes, it is OK:)

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