On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, Anne Arundel County Animal Control obtained a search and seizure warrant and removed four horses, five ponies and three goats from a property in the 500 block of Upton Road in Severn.
The condition of the animals on the property had declined significantly since previous Animal Control visits. It was determined that the animals on the property were not having their basic needs met by their owner/caretaker. Animal Control began completing regular follow-ups to check on the conditions of the animals on the property after initially removing one deceased horse and two deceased baby goats on January 9, 2013. Back in January, Animal Control, under veterinary advisement, left the remaining animals on the property and the owner of the animals was required to obtain medical treatment for many of the remaining animals, clear debris from the areas housing the animals, mend broken fences, address sanitation issues on the property and ensure that proper shelter was available for the animals.
On January 9, 2013, the owner signed three ponies over to Animal Control and the ponies were immediately sent to the Days End Horse Farm and Rescue. Animal Control returned to the property for five additional visits during the month of January. From there, Animal Control continued with additional visits to the property and saw an initial improvement in the conditions there, however, the conditions once again declined below the standard of care required.
Consequently, on June 3, 2013, Animal Control received the necessary advisement and documentation from a veterinarian indicating that the removal of the animals was necessary. Animal Control immediately began preparations to remove the remaining animals. Animal Control made arrangements for Days End Horse Farm and Rescue to take temporary custody of the horses and ponies on the property. Currently, all animals removed are in protective custody and continuing to be assessed. Animal Control would like to thank Days End Horse Farm and Rescue, members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Western District and the veterinarian who assisted in removing these animals from the property. Animal Control is in the process of confirming the identity of the multiple owners of all of the animals and working closely with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office in this investigation, which is active and ongoing.