More Than 100 Polish Arabian Horses Removed from Maryland Breeding Farm

More than 100 allegedly maltreated Polish Arabian horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a breeding farm in Centreville, Md., last week.

Queen Anne's County Maryland Animal Services Department Director David MacGlashan said that county animal welfare authorities began monitoring conditions at Canterbury Farms in 2010 after receiving complaints about the horses' condition. County welfare authorities and a veterinarian instructed the farm's owner to improve the horses' care, but the animal's condition did not improve, MacGlashan said.

"About 45 days ago, we went in and the horses' condition had gotten worse," he said.

On April 15, the farm owner surrendered seven of the animals, MacGlashan said. At that time, a veterinarian euthanized six of the seven animals, including five elderly broodmares. All were in poor condition, he said.

On April 29 animal welfare personnel from Queen Anne's County, the Days End Farm Horse Rescue, and the Humane Society of the United States removed 110 animals from the farm. Another 23 animals were removed the following day, MacGlashan said.

Days End Farm spokesman Dan Zalewski said the majority of the removed horses had body condition scores of between 1 and 4 on the Henneke Body Condition scale.

"The 13 horses in the most critical condition with body scores of 1 on the Henneke scale were placed at Days End Farm for care," Zalewski said.

The remaining horses are receiving care at other locations, Zalewski said.

"Days End Farm is directing their care," he said.

Personnel from Paradise Farm, Gentile Giants Draft Horse Rescue and Summer Winds Stables also participated in the removal.

No one from Canterbury Farm was available for comment.

No charges have been filed, MacGlashan said.

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Pat Raia

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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