CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — The owner of a Centreville, Md., horse farm where 140 horses were found to be malnourished has been charged with animal cruelty.

The Queen Anne’s County state’s attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against Marsha Parkinson, 66, the owner of Canterbury Farms. Parkinson faces 35 animal cruelty charges of failure to provide adequate care for an animal.

The horses were seized from her farm in late April. One has been put down, and the rest have been placed in facilities across the state.

Parkinson’s trial has been scheduled for July 27.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. curbie says:

    Good! Don’t feed her for awhile. Show her what it feels like to starve.

  2. Alisa says:

    This is so very sad to hear. I knew this woman years ago, back in Southern California, where we purchased our 4 now 6 Polish Arabians from. We were quite impressed with her care & how great all her @ that point 80 Polish Arabians were. We moved out to MD & she did shortly after, we kept in touch on/off, but to hear that someone that I know LOVES her horses come to this is to say the least shocking. She grilled us before she would let us purchase, as she wanted to make sure they went to good homes. I don’t know what happened, but I’d like to believe it was hard times, but I so wished she had reached out for help, as I surely would have done what I could to help

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