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Sheriff: Farmer claimed the right to leave 25 horses to expire

QUANTICO, Md. – A Maryland sheriff’s office says dozens of dead horses were discovered scattered on a farm in various states of disrepair.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told The Daily News of Salisbury, that an investigation was launched on Friday in the 25 dead horses found on the 2-acre (1-hectare) property. He said a dead foal lay steps from the front door of the residence of the owner.

Maryland property records show Clayton P. and Barbara L. Sardine owner of the farm. Lewis says Barbara Sardine said she saw nothing wrong with leaving the carcasses to decay.

Lewis says that the authorities had investigated possible neglect of the horses, but had insufficient evidence to bring charges.

Lewis says more than 200 cats were removed from the same property in 1995, which leads to animal neglect charges for Barbara Sardine.

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

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