Horses Surrendered, Seized From Virginia Farm

Dozens of allegedly emaciated horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from an Orange County farm.

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More than 80 horses are receiving rehabilitative care after authorities removed them from the Orange County, Virginia, farm on which they were residing.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies began investigating conditions at the Peaceable Farm near Somerset, Virginia, on Oct. 19. During the probe, law enforcement personnel discovered a herd of 89 allegedly emaciated horses as well as the remains of seven other horses. Investigators also found two donkeys, 28 cats, and seven dogs, the sheriff’s office said. The farm’s owner, Anne Goland, surrendered 71 live horses, along with the dogs and some of the cats. Another 18 horses, the donkeys, a bull and several cats remained at the farm, the sheriff’s office said.

A statement from the sheriff’s office indicated that veterinarians subsequently assessed the live horses; five of those were euthanized due to their conditions. On Oct. 21, veterinarians returned to the property to further assess the herd. The sheriff’s office said another 10 horses were determined to be in need of immediate veterinary care and were seized after Goland declined to surrender them. All of the seized and surrendered horses were removed from the property and placed in rehabilitative care at several horse rescue organizations, the sheriff’s office said.

Meanwhile, working through Goland’s attorney, investigators received permission to conduct welfare checks on the animals remaining in her possession

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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