Charges against a Pennsylvania woman who operated an equine rescue via a social media page have been dropped.
In May, the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) responded to calls regarding the condition of animals at the A Life Saved is A Life Saved horse rescue, operated by Crystal Davis via a Facebook page. Following an investigation led by Lancaster County SPCA Director Susan Martin, personnel from that organization removed 10 horses from the rescue’s property.
Davis and her son Joseph McMillen received 12 citations for animal cruelty. However, on July 29, all 10 horses were returned to Davis, Martin said.
In August, Martin relinquished her role as a humane officer for Lancaster County in connection with controversy involving another case. Subsequently, on Sept. 7, all of the charges against Davis and McMillen were dropped, said Brett Hambright, spokesman for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
“Ms. Martin was an integral part of this case, being the affiant who filed charges and did the investigation,” he explained. “Considering her no longer having authority as an officer, we couldn’t progress with the case as it was. Also, we did our own evaluation of the evidence and facts involved prior to the charges being withdrawn.”
Martin declined comment, and Davis was unavailable for comment.