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Category: Welfare: Neglect & Cruelty Cases

Former Marylander Guilty of Cruelty & Embezzlement

First published in the January 2018 Equiery A little over two years ago, we reported on the October 26, 2015 arrest in Orange County, VA, of Anne Goland (a.k.a. Anne Shumate Williams) on 27 counts of animal cruelty after 7 horses were found dead, and 89 that were emaciated, on her property known as Peaceable Farm. According to Orange County Sheriff Mark Amos (as reported by NBC Channel 29), “What I saw was one of the most horrendous sights I’ve ever seen in 28 years of law enforcement.” Goland allegedly relocated horses to this farm from her Dickerson, Maryland, property after numerous complaints were made about her animals to Montgomery County authorities in early 2015. In November, Goland was found guilty on 22 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty; she was appealing the verdict. According to authorities, Goland ostensibly operated a for-profit breeding business in conjunction with the not-for-profit rescue known as Peaceable Farm. As a result of the cruelty charges, law enforcement expanded the scope of the investigation, eventually charging Goland with 13 counts of felony embezzlement from funds donated to help the horses. On December 7, Goland entered a plea agreement, pleading guilty to one count of felony embezzlement, with the other embezzlement charges were dismissed. As a result, Goland was sentenced to five years in jail, all of which were suspended. However, also as part of the...

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URGENT: Harvey, Horses & The AHC Survey

Hurricane Harvey…there are horses drowning…why the heck should we care about filling out yet another survey? Because. Because the horrific footage of Harvey’s biblical flooding and the ongoing rescue efforts of people and animals reminds us that the government, run by and for the people, runs on data – NEEDS data in order to assist, help, provide, DO. In order to gather data, citizens – horse owners – need to engage. It is incumbent upon us, as citizens, to participate in data-gathering projects, such as the American Horse Council’s survey. And the participation of Maryland horse people this year...

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Carroll County woman charged with 72 counts of animal cruelty; 18 horses seized

On Monday, July 17, 2017, Megan Bollinger (Westminster) was charged with 72 (updated from original 36)  criminal counts of animal cruelty. The charges follow the June 22 removal of 18 horses by Carroll County Animal Control. Bollinger is scheduled to be tried in Carroll County District Court on September 19. The Equiery will follow the case, and provide more details as they become available (and can be verified by...

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Hagerstown Man Guilty 37 Counts of Animal Neglect 

Joseph Bowers, Jr. has been found guilty of 37 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty by Judge Mark Thomas in the Washington County District Court. On January 22, 2016 field service officers for the Humane Society of Washington County (the county’s official animal control division) seized two horses from Bowers, charging him at that time with 12 counts of animal cruelty for failure to provide food, water, veterinary care, and causing unnecessary pain and suffering. On April 1, 2016, the HSWC received a complaint concerning the welfare of additional horses owned by Bowers. A properly executed search and seizure warrant was then served on April 3rd, and this time a total of five horses were removed from two separate properties. Of those seized, some were found emaciated inside of a barn, standing in up to two feet of manure and urine. Two of the emaciated horses were pregnant and due within weeks. Several horses had urine scald on their bodies. They were infested with parasites and in critical condition. Bowers was then charged with an additional 25 counts of neglect. On October 24, Bowers was sentenced to a 90-day suspended sentence on all charges for a total of 21 months. He must serve a three-year period of supervised probation with all fines waived. Bowers had to forfeit all the seized horses, but will be allowed to maintain one horse per...

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Maryland Legislative March Madness!

Caroline County Sunday Hunting, Animal Crime Penalties, Arabian Racing, Open Space & Preservation, Compounding of Vet Drugs A key date in the ninety-day session of the Maryland General Assembly is “cross-over day;” this is the day that if a bill is not voted out of its original house, so that it can “cross-over” to the opposite chamber for debate, it is effectively dead for this year. 2016 cross-over day was March 21; the 2016 legislative session will officially adjourn on April 11 (also known as “sine die”), and so – as you read this, there is a rush of...

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6 Men, 14 Horses, & 160 Baseless Counts of Criminal Animal Cruelty When The Equiery first reported on the case of the 14 cart ponies seized in Baltimore, we thought the seizure was tinged with racism and classism – and no small amount of elitism. That was January 2015. Fourteen months later, we are convinced of it. Unlike the animal control and State’s Attorney’s offices in various Maryland counties, most of which have been very cooperative, providing The Equiery with documentation regarding seizures in equine cases (special shout-outs to the State’s Attorneys in Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel and Washington Counties), the Baltimore City...

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