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Horses on the Maryland farm seized after dozens of starving, dying

QUANTICO, Md. – Authorities in Maryland are the seizure of the horses that remain alive on a Maryland farm where dozens of horses were found dead or malnourished.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says he responded to a report about the rotting horse corpses on the farm and find a difficult situation, where famished horses had broken sliding glass doors to the back of the farm, desperate to find something to eat.

The sheriff says that it is not the first time that Barbara Sardine is accused of animal neglect on the 2-acre farm that she shares with her husband Clayton.

The sheriff says The Daily Times of Salisbury that the property is being investigated by the sheriff’s department, the humane society and an equine expert for a number of years ago, but there was insufficient evidence to support charges of horse neglect. The sheriff says two deputies called Friday that Barbara Sardine has been charged with 100 counts of animal neglect in 1995 as 200 cats were removed from the same property. He says that the accusation was indefinitely postponed .

Lewis says the dead horse to be disposed of in a covered container at the county landfill to keep for a contagious disease to infiltrate into the groundwater.

The live horses will be taken to a secret location.

The Humane Society of Wicomico County’s executive director, Aaron Balsamo, says that his agency is investigating.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/

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