Charges Filed in Pennsylvania Neglect Case

A Pennsylvania farm operator is facing multiple charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of animals on her York County farm.

York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Executive Director Melissa Smith said that in May, the agency removed 26 animals from Happy Ending Farms Inc. a breeding and rescue operation in Codorus Township after receiving complaints about the animals' condition.

The herd, which included Thoroughbreds, a Clydesdale, a Haflinger, and Paints ranging in age from 3 months to mid-teens, were in need of varying degrees of veterinary care, said Smith. Several other horses remain on the property. The SPCA is monitoring those animals' care, according to Smith.

Farm operator Frances R. Langrall voluntarily relinquished the animals to the York County SPCA, Smith said.

In September following an investigation by the agency's investigator and Humane Police Officer Nicole Boyer, Langrall received three animal cruelty citations, Smith said. Two citations are connected to lack of medical care for two Thoroughbred mares. The third is connected to two Thoroughbred mares with body condition scores of 2 on the Henneke body condition scale, Smith said. The summary offenses each carry penalties of between $50 and $750 in fines and up to 90 days in jail.

Langrall was unavailable for comment. However, Smith said she has cooperated fully with the SPCA.

"We cooperated fully with the investigation and we continue to have--and want to continue to have--a good working relationship with her," Smith said.

About the Author

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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